Biography of the Swiss Artist: A blog about the biography and art of HR Giger.
Born on February 5, 1940, in the Canton of Valais (Switzerland) as Hans Ruedi Giger, HR Giger is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists in the world. He is best known for his design of the creature and the set of the Alien film directed by Ridley Scott, whose success was followed by numerous other works all around the world. HR Giger passed away on May 12, 2014 at 74 years old.
The son of a stonecutter, HR Giger grew up in an environment where he was surrounded by stone and mountain. His father made him sculpting classes with a professional artist when he was 10 years old to develop his talent. At 14 years old, he worked as an apprentice sculptor with his father until he was 18 years old and left school to work full time as a sculptor and painter.
* First steps*
At age 20 he moved to Zurich to train as a painter at Interior Design School. During this period he started to deal with airbrush and participated in several exhibitions of young artists. His first personal exhibition took place in 1966 at Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich after which he devoted himself exclusively to painting. In 1971 he collaborated with director Dan O’
HR Giger is well-known as a Swiss artist, sculptor, painter and set designer. His most famous work is the design of the Alien in the film “Alien” (1979) and its sequels, directed by Ridley Scott. HR Giger was born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland. His father was a pharmacist and his mother was a homemaker. He had two brothers and one sister.
In 1952 Giger began school at the Gymnasium in Chur, but he was kicked out of school after he attacked one of his teachers. He began attending another school but was expelled for acting out against the teachers there too. He then attended an art school for about three months until he was expelled for poor grades. He then went to another art school where he also received poor grades and was kicked out yet again.
Soon Giger started his own apprenticeship with an icon painter called Bruno Weber who lived in Gruyères. At this time Giger began studying architecture at the School for Architecture in Zurich in 1958, but only for 3 semester before withdrawing from this course to begin work as a set designer at the Schauspielhaus Zürich theatre in 1959. In 1962 Giger married his girlfriend Li Tobler (
HR Giger is a Swiss surrealist artist, sculptor, and set designer. He is mostly known for his airbrush images of humans and machines fused together.
HR Giger was born in Chur, Switzerland, on February 5, 1940. His father was a chemist and his mother a commercial illustrator; both parents were interested in art.
Giger attended the School of Design in Zurich from 1958 to 1961 and took classes in art, architecture and interior design. In 1961 he met Nude (real name: Monica), who would become his wife in 1969. They have one child together called Micha.
Towards the end of the 1950s Giger began producing paintings that were heavily influenced by Salvador Dali and Max Ernst. This can be seen in the “Atommechanic series” which he produced after visiting an exhibition of works by Ernst at the Kunsthaus in Zurich during 1964. It was here he also saw an exhibition of works by M.C.Escher which also heavily influenced him.
It was not until 1969 that he began to gain recognition beyond his local area with the help of surrealist painter and patron of the arts Edward James, who saw Giger’s work displayed at an exhibition in St Gallen where he
Hans Ruedi Giger was born in 1940 in a small town called Chur in the Graubünden canton in eastern Switzerland. He was the son of a pharmacist father and a mother who was a commercial artist. His mother encouraged his early interest in art and bought him his first drawing set when he was four years old.
Told that he would have to undergo an operation on his knee, Giger began to create drawings depicting a creature with a huge, sharp knee. He underwent the operation, but traces of the creature remained on his mind. When he recovered, he began working out of doors on mountaintops and produced huge paintings using thick brushes and ink, depicting mysterious and frightening creatures.
Giger attended an art school in Zurich from 1958-1960 where he first met Ernst Fuchs who introduced him to the work of Salvador Dali. This influenced Giger’s work for years after. In 1962 he began studying at the School of Applied Arts in Zürich (the same school at which James Cameron studied some twenty years later) and gave up painting completely for two years until friends urged him to resume because of his exceptional talent.
In 1969 HR Giger visited Stanley Kubrick for two weeks at the director’s estate outside London
HR Giger was born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland. His mother was a commercial artist and his father a chemist. HR Giger attended the School of Design in Zürich until 1957. In 1964 he moved to the United States, where he attended the School of Fine Arts in New York City. He lived in New York for several years, but returned to Switzerland in 1966. He continued working on various projects and opened his own design office in Zurich, where he worked on interior designs, exhibition designs, and illustrations.
He is best known as the designer of the creature and sets in the science-fiction horror movie “Alien” (1979). HR Giger also created many album covers for rock groups such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kiss and Blue Öyster Cult.
HR Giger died on May 12th, 2014 at the age of 74.
HR Giger (born 5 February 1940) is a Swiss painter, sculptor and set designer. He was the main designer for the Species film series, for which he also provided the make-up designs. He won an Academy Award in 1979 for his work on the film.
Towards the end of his education at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich, Giger’s interests turned to painting and sculpture. In 1962, while he was working as an art teacher in Kleve, he designed his first humanoid sculptures.
Working in his studio in Gruyeres, he produced paintings and drawings that appeared at several exhibitions in Zürich and Winterhur from 1966 to 1968 and gave him a reputation as a surrealist. In 1967, Giger had his first exhibition featuring his artwork and designs at the Galerie René Block in Zürich. The display included props from a production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Back to Methuselah by Antonin Artaud and these led to Giger being commissioned to create similar designs for the theater in St Gallen where he worked with dancer Peter Bodkin. Two paintings were shown at an exhibition held at the Maison de la Culture de Grenoble in 1968.
Giger’s art became