H.R. Giger is one of the most iconic and recognized artists of the 20th century. With his unique, dark and surreal style, Giger’s work transports us to a Universe full of hybrid mechanical beings, post-apocalyptic landscapes, hidden symbols and monochromatic images that seem to come out of a nightmare. He is also known for being the father of the most feared space creature of cinema, the monster of the acclaimed film ALIEN: The Eighth Passenger, which has become one of the most famous elements of popular culture throughout the world.
His work in that film made him worthy of the Academy Award for best special effects in 1980. His extensive work covers painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing and industrial design. Deep, enigmatic and versatile, Giger is a clear example that genius can take inspiration from many places, including our deepest fears.
Hans Ruedi Giger was born in 1940 in Chur, Switzerland. The son of a pharmaceutical father, Giger grew up in a country that still suffered the ravages of the postwar period. Perhaps this was what caused him to suffer from night terrors during his childhood, having nightmares full of machines fused with human bodies, images that would later serve as inspiration for his graphic work, since he was interested in illustrating his dreams since childhood.