1901 – He was born this year in Borgonovo, now part of the Swiss municipality Stampa, near the Italian border.
1922 – He moved to Paris to study under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, an associate of Auguste Rodin.
1935 – He concentrated his sculpting on the human head, focusing on the model’s gaze, followed by a unique artistic phase in which his statues became stretched out; their limbs elongated.
1962 – He was awarded the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale, and the award brought with it worldwide celebrity.
1970 – Some of his most important images were in editions of only 30 and many were described as rare.
1965 – He traveled to the United States for an exhibition of his works at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
1966 – He died this year of heart disease and chronic bronchitis at the Kantonsspital in Chur, Switzerland.