Alois Carigiet, Switzerland (1957)
After an apprenticeship in visual art, Alois Carigiet trained in Zürich in an advertising agency (1923–27). He then started his own practice and got assignments to design posters and stage...Read full biography
After an apprenticeship in visual art, Carigiet trained in Zürich in an advertising agency (1923–27). He then started his own practice and got assignments to design posters and stage sets. He was co-founder of the Cabaret Cornichon for which he produced sets, costumes and the publicity. His pre-war posters are classics. The Zürich men’s fashion fi rm PKZ was an important client. His reputation opened the doors of AGI: he was chosen as what AGI dubbed at the time ‘an honorary member’. In 1939 Carigiet moved back to his native mountains and focused on painting. He later also created several successful children’s books. He received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration in 1966. He had many exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany and Canada, and became well known in Japan and the USA.
‘In my own tiny first flat (1956), I had one major piece of art: a Carigiet Swiss lake-and-mountains landscape.’ – Ben Bos