- Studied under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle
- Experimented with cubism and surrealism and came to be regarded as one of the leading surrealist sculptors.
- Obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly as he envisaged through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size of a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation.
- After his marriage to Annette Arm his tiny sculptures became larger, but the larger they grew, the thinner they became. Giacometti said that the final result represented the sensation he felt when he looked at a woman.