After studying painting at Hungarian Royal Drawing School, he emigrated to Paris in 1929, where he became the assistant of set designer Lazare Meerson, working on such films as À nous la liberté (1932) and La Kermesse héroïque (1935). In 1937, he became a chief set designer.
He designed sets for Witness for the Prosecution (1957) directed by Billy Wilder and other Wilder films, John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Joseph Losey's Don Giovanni (1979), Luc Besson's Subway (1985).
In 1980, he was a member of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.
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