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Famous Artists from Switzerland

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List of the most popular artists from Switzerland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. You might also be interested in famous Austrian artists and famous artists from Norway. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Swiss artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Swiss artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples include Alberto Giacometti and Jean Tinguely.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Switzerland?" and "Who are the most well-known Swiss artists?"

For further information on these historic Swiss artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Swiss artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

Alberto Giacometti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
The Couple, Tall Figure, III
Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He was born in the canton Graubünden's southerly alpine valley Val Bregaglia, as the eldest of four children to ...more
Urs Graf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Urs Graf was a Swiss Renaissance goldsmith, painter and printmaker, as well as a mercenary soldier. He only produced two etchings, one of which dates from 1513 – the earliest known etching for ...more
Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Lago Maggiore, Casa Bodmer, Piktors Verwandlungen
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more
Alice Bailly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Self-Portrait
Alice Bailly was a radical Swiss painter, known for her interpretations on cubism, fauvism, her wool paintings, and her participation in the Dada movement. In 1906, Bailly had settled in Paris ...more
Daniel Spoerri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Kichka's Breakfast I
Daniel Spoerri is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania. Spoerri is best known for his "snare-pictures," a type of assemblage or object art, in which he captures a group of ...more
Méret Oppenheim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Object, Red Head, Blue Body
Méret Elisabeth Oppenheim was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement of the 1920s along with André Breton, Luis ...more
Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Still Life, Abstract Composition, Still Life Filled with Space
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called ...more
Max Bill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Endlose Treppe, Bildsäulen-Dreiergruppe, Combillation
Max Bill was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer.
Jean Tinguely is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Stravinsky Fountain, Fragment from Homage to New York
Jean Tinguely was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics. Tinguely's art satirized ...more
Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Men of Air, New York, Ranch Market
Robert Frank is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his ...more
Johannes Itten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Bewegungsstudie II, Bewegung II, Baumstudie (study)
Johannes Itten was a Swiss expressionist painter, designer, teacher, writer and theorist associated with the Bauhaus school. Together with German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and German ...more
Melissa Auf der Maur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after ...more
H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Penis Landscape
Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual ...more
Henry Fuseli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Odysseus in front of Scylla and Charybdis, Henry Fuseli in Conversation with Johann Jakob Bodmer, The Nightmare
Henry Fuseli was a Swiss painter, draughtsman and writer on art who spent much of his life in Britain. Many of his works, such as The Nightmare deal with supernatural subject-matter. He painted ...more
Matthäus Merian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Matthäus Merian der Ältere was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house. He was a member of the patrician Basel Merian
Karl Bodmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Indians Hunting the Bison [State 1], Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl, Hunting of the Grizzly Bear
Johann Carl Bodmer was a printmaker, etcher, lithographer, zinc engraver, draftsman, painter, illustrator and hunter. Known as Karl Bodmer in literature and paintings, as a Swiss and French ...more
Roman Signer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Roman Signer Der Tisch, Kayak, Action Kurhaus Weissbad
Roman Signer is principally a visual artist who works in sculpture, installations photography, and video.
Anton Graff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Anton Graff was an eminent Swiss portrait artist. Among his famous subjects were Friedrich Schiller, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Heinrich von Kleist, Frederick the Great, Friederike Sophie ...more
Arnold Böcklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Isle of the Dead
Arnold Böcklin was a Swiss symbolist painter.
Andreas Heumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Andreas Heumann is a photographer and painter, born in Munich and brought up in Switzerland. On leaving school he began an apprenticeship in Bern to study block-making and printing. He stayed ...more
Félix Vallotton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Félix Edouard Vallotton was a Swiss/French painter and printmaker associated with Les Nabis. He was an important figure in the development of the modern woodcut.
Henry Suso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Henry Suso, O.P., was a German Dominican friar, who was a noted spiritual writer and mystic. He died in the Free Imperial City of Ulm on 25 January 1366. He was beatified by the Catholic Church ...more
Cuno Amiet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Cuno Amiet Sommerlandschaft I, Landschaft mit Bäumen und Hügeln, 1905
Cuno Amiet was a Swiss painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, he was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland.
Gunter Sachs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Fritz Gunter Sachs was a German photographer, author, industrialist, and latterly head of an institute that researched claims of astrology. As a young man he became a sportsman, then gained ...more
Christian Marclay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Switzerland
Video Quartet
Christian Ernest Marclay is a Swiss and American visual artist and composer. Marclay's work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone ...more