Swiss artist Robert Hainard was born in Geneva, Switzerland on September 11, 1906. Hainard’s parents, Philip Hainard (1879-1938) and Eugénie Hainard-Bechard (1882-1942), were both painters. At age 12, Robert Hainard left primary school, homeschooled by his father for his general education he began to learn to draw. In 1921, he entered the Industrial Arts school. While studying there he met his wife, Germaine Roten he married in 1929. They had two children and in 1938 they settled in the town of Geneva Bernex.
In 1927 he claimed to have invented a new process of wood engraving and in 1929 he exhibited his first animal prints at Geneva Salon of the work. He worked in painting, printmaking, sculpture and was an amateur naturalist and philosopher, authoring books on the subjects and illustrating others. He is best known for his woodcuts and lithographs of wildlife.
Robert Hainard died on 26 December 1999 in Gland in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.