Hans Erni (Swiss, b.1909) is a Swiss painter, designer and sculptor whose career spans seven decades. Born in Lucerne, he attended the School of Arts and Crafts between 1927 and 1928. He spent the next few years traveling throughout Europe, staying briefly in Berlin before arriving in Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), both of whom greatly influenced his work. Upon returning to Switzerland, Erni co-founded Allianz, a group of Swiss-based abstract artists.

Though his work encompasses a broad range of styles, Erni is best known for his postage stamp illustrations, lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross, and participation on the Olympic Committee. Today, his work is mainly housed in The Hans Erni Museum, located on the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.

Erni celebrated his 100th birthday in 2009.

Exhibitions

2012
Hans Erni Lithographs - El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), El Paso, TX
2011
Donation Khalil Nahoul - MAMAC - Musee d´Art Moderne et d`Art Contemporain Nice, Nice
2009
Hans Erni - Galerie Reichlin, Küssnacht am Rigi
2009
Hans Erni - Retrospektive zum 100 Geburtstag - Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne
2008
Hans Erni - Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny
1998
Hans Erni - Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny
1996
Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian 50 Anos De Tapeçarias Em Portugal - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
1987
Das Schweizer Plakat - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1973
Collage and the Photo Image - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1968
Word and Image: Posters and Typography from the Graphic Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art 1879-1967 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1964
documenta 3 - Documenta, Kassel
1961
Französische Graphik - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

Public Collections

Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ateneum Art Museum - Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FInland
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, East Logan, UT
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY