Swiss sculptor, ceramist, painter, designer. Born at Muttenz, Switzerland; has Swiss ancestors dating back 500 years. Studied art at Basle, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva, under Hans Hofmann at Munich, and at the Grande Chaumière in Paris. Had a studio in Paris for thirteen years, and modelled many sculptures in the Paris Zoo. Settled in England in 1936. His sculptures are mostly of animals; his paintings of animals and flowers. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1937. Since living in England most of his animal sculptures have been modelled from animals in the London Zoo. In addition, he has been active as a designer of fabrics, interior decoration, exhibitions, sculpture for film and theatre, displays for shop windows. Made many ceramics of animals and since 1965 has modelled groups of mammals for the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd. Lives in London.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.675