H.R. Giger, The Surrealist Artist Who Designed The Monster For The Film ‘Alien’ Has Died

By May 13, 2014

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Switzerland, has confirmed the sad news that Swiss artist, H.R.Giger has died at the age of 74, the result of injuries he suffered after a fall.

Giger was an influential artist, whose dark work focused on human/machine hybrids, but he is perhaps most well known for designing the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Alien. His 1976 lithograph, Necronom IV, was the inspiration for the iconic creature.


Born Hans Ruedi Giger on Feb. 5, 1940, Giger originally trained as an industrial designer, before pursuing a career as an artist.

In addition to Alien, Giger worked as a set designer for films such as, Species, Poltergeist II, and Dune. He received a 1979 special effects Academy Award  for his work on Alien.

Giger also designed album covers, including ones for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Danzig, the Dead Kennedys and Debbie Harry.

Although commercially successful, Giger’s work was often derided by critics as kitschy. Giger had this to say about his own work, back in 1979:

My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy. If they like my work they are creative … or they are crazy.


In 1998, Giger established the H.R. Giger Museum. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

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