H. R. Giger

1940 - 2014

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Hans Ruedi Giger ( GHEE-gər; German: [ˈɡiːɡər]; 5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss artist best known for his airbrushed images of humans and machines connected in cold biomechanical relationships. Giger later abandoned airbrush for pastels, markers and ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for the visual design of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien. His work is on permanent display at the H.R. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of H. R. Giger has received more than 2,374,467 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). H. R. Giger is the 234th most popular painter (down from 221st in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 60th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Swiss Painter.

H.R. Giger is most famous for his artwork in the movie Alien.

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Among painters, H. R. Giger ranks 234 out of 1,428Before him are Natalia Goncharova, Pietro Lorenzetti, William Hogarth, Jan van Goyen, Gentile da Fabriano, and Lorenzo Lotto. After him are Georges Rouault, Willem de Kooning, Joaquín Sorolla, Lorenzo di Credi, Martin Schongauer, and Giorgio Morandi.

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Among people born in 1940, H. R. Giger ranks 49Before him are Burhanuddin Rabbani, Anna Karina, Andrzej Żuławski, Thomas Harris, Cliff Richard, and Dennis Tito. After him are Eduardo Galeano, Tarō Asō, James Cromwell, Raquel Welch, Denis Law, and Herbie Hancock. Among people deceased in 2014, H. R. Giger ranks 29Before him are Alexander Grothendieck, Mickey Rooney, Jack Brabham, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Gary Becker, and Martin Lewis Perl. After him are Virna Lisi, Bob Hoskins, Adolfo Suárez, Chespirito, Masaru Emoto, and Richard Møller Nielsen.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, H. R. Giger ranks 62 out of 749Before him are Hans Küng (1928), Emil Jannings (1884), Heinrich Rohrer (1933), Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), Michel Mayor (1942), and Max Frisch (1911). After him are Gabriel Cramer (1704), Siegfried Wagner (1869), Walter Rudolf Hess (1881), Domenico Fontana (1543), Paul Hermann Müller (1899), and Alejo Carpentier (1904).

Among PAINTERS In Switzerland

Among painters born in Switzerland, H. R. Giger ranks 7Before him are Paul Klee (1879), Arnold Böcklin (1827), Henry Fuseli (1741), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Johannes Itten (1888), and Ferdinand Hodler (1853). After him are Félix Vallotton (1865), Bernardino Luini (1475), Matthäus Merian (1593), Albert Anker (1831), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889), and Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702).