Carigiet was born on August 30, 1902 in Trun, Switzerland. After
an apprenticeship in visual arts, he trained as a graphic
designer both in Paris and Zurich, and remained active as a designer
up until World War II - creating many classical
posters of that era. In Zurich, Carigiet was a co-founder
of the Zurich cabaret "Cornichon" (The Pickle). He
appeared in a movie,
but didn't have the cinematographic or stage career his
brother Zarli did.
In 1939, he moved back to his native mountains and changed artistic
directions, focusing on painting.
He illustrated his first children's book, Schellen-Ursli (A Bell
for Ursli) in 1945. He would illustrate and author another
five books, which won him the Hans
Christian Andersen Award for illustration in 1966. This award
brought him recognition not just in Switzerland but also in the
United States and in Japan.
After residing once again in Zurich between 1950 and 1960, he returned
to Trun, where he lived until his death on August 1, 1985 - continuing
to paint as long as he could. His many exhibits in Switzerland,
Germany and Canada secured his artistic and commercial successes.
Alois Carigiet would have turned 100 in 2002, and many
institutions celebrated Carigiet's centenary. The
following page reflects
the milestones that marked this celebration.