Alberto Giacometti was born in 1901 in Stampa, Switzerland. His father was a famous painter. In 1919 he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. In 1922 he arrived in Paris and joined Bourdelle's studio at "La Grande Chaumière". His first exhibition took place in 1925 at the Salon des Tuileries. In 1927 he moved to a studio on rue Hippolyte Maindron with his brother Diego. He became friends with the surrealists, including André Masson and Breton. At the beginning of the 1930s Alberto, together with his brother Diego, created lamps, vases and other objects for the decorator Jean-Michel Frank; his death in 1941 put an end to their collaboration. In 1942 he returned to Switzerland and did not return to Paris until after the war. In 1955, he was consecrated: three exhibitions devoted to his work were held in Germany, New York and London. He passed awas in 1966.