Diego Giacometti Switzerland, 1902-1985


Diego Giacometti (b. November 1902, Borgonovo, Switzerland; d. 1985, Paris, France) was a Swiss sculptor and designer known for his masterful casting and enchanting designs. Diego worked closely with his older brother Alberto Giacometti (b. 1901; d. 1966), serving as his technical assistant for many years. The brothers’ development as artists and designers was heavily intertwined. Alberto encouraged his brother to become a caster, and the pair later collaborated to produce lighting for the French designer Jean-Michel Frank. Diego worked largely in bronze, which enabled him to sculpt with precision and in great detail. Many of his works are inspired by the forms of nature, and more specifically, the landscape and animals he encountered as a child in the Swiss Alpine Valley. After World War II, Diego quickly established a clientele that included Pierre Matisse’s daughter Jacqueline Matisse and the fashion mogul Hubert de Givenchy, with whom he would share a decades-long friendship. Diego created several public projects for French collections including the Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice, the Musée Picasso, Paris and the Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence.