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About Me

Painting is the essence of my existence and the source of my “joie de vivre”.

Photo of artist Christiane Papé

I was born in Geneva,  Switzerland, where I grew up and completed my studies at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts. I then started my travels in Europe and the United States. I always carry with me an acute sense of observation. I take visual snapshots of scenes in my mind that I wish to transpose on canvas.

I’m a lover of nature lover,  especially flowers. I am at my happiest in my garden and studio. 

I create exotic floral compositions where I perceive natural elements that go far beyond a strictly visual sensation. I rarely sketch out out a painting beforehand. My brush just takes over and I translate that memory with urgency and fervor onto the canvas.It is an explosive impulse to transpose my feelings onto a medium. 

 

I have worked with a variety of media such as acrylic, pastel, collage, and oil, leading her to master many innovative techniques. In the end I am most comfortable with acrylic. 

 

I resided in Manhattan for 37 years, dividing my time there and in Sherman, CT. I create most of my works there surrounded by nature and tranquility. In 2009 I moved back to my home country and now live in the picturesque lakeside of Lugano, Switzerland, constantly surrounded by beauty.

 

My paintings have been included in major public and private collections in Rome, Geneva, Paris, London, and New York, as well as several museums. 

Curriculum Vitae

ONE-PERSON SHOW

2016 Restaurant "Ronchetto" Comano, Switzerland

2015 Finter Bank Zurich S.A., Lugano, Switzerland 

2014 Radio-Television Suisse-Italienne Lugano (TI) Restaurant Ratatouille, Switzerland

2012 Sofitel Philadelphia, PA

2011 La Maison du Cadre, Geneva, Switzerland

2008-2010 River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT

2006 Lillian August, South Norwalk, CT

2006 Margot and Camille Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005 H. Pelham Curtis Gallery-New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT

2005 Daum, New York, NY

2004 Daum, New York, NY

2004 Barnes & Noble, New York, NY

2003 JFK Airport, Lufthansa 1st Class Tea Lounge, Jamaica, NY

2003 Lalique, New York, NY

2002 French Consulate, New York, NY

2001 Atmosphere Gallery, New York, NY

2000 French Consulate, New York, NY

1999 Bloom Space, New York, NY

1998 Agama Gallery (2 person show), New York, NY

1998 Private Dealer Show, New York, NY

1995 The Basil Leaf Gallery, Locust Valley, NY

1993 Z Gallery, SoHo, New York, NY

1991 Maska International Gallery, Seattle, WA

1990 Straus Gallery, New York, NY

1988 Ars et Decora Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1988 The Kling Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1987 Barucci's Galleries, St. Louis, MO

1986 Galleria "Il Canovaccio," Rome, Italy

1983 Bodley Gallery, New York, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT

2014 Galerie Kunsthalle, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2012 Windows on Main Street, Beacon, NY

2011 Gamble Gardens, Palo Alto, CA

2011 River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT

2011 Lumen Gallery, New York, NY

2011 La Maison du Cadre, Genève-Switzerland

2010 River Road Gallery, Wilton-CT

2009 American Contemporary Gallery, Annapolis, MD

2008 River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT

2005 Seamen's Church Institute of New York, NY

2004 Betty Barker Gallery Spectrum 2004 Juried Exhibition, New Canaan, CT

2003 United Nations, New York, NY

2002 United Nations, New York, NY

2001 Sailor’s Valentine Gallery SVG Collection, Nantucket, MA

2000 Atmosphere Gallery, New York, NY

2000 German-American Cultural Council at Chelsea Center, New York, NY

2000 French Institute-Alliance Française, New York, NY

1999 German-American Cultural Council at Chelsea Center, New York, NY

1998 Gallery Art 54-SoHo, New York, NY

1998 Art-Lore Gallery, High Point, NC

1998 Gallery Szent-Gyorgyi, Falmouth, MA

1998 Cultural German American Council at Chelsea Center, New York, NY

1998 Galerie "Die Treppe", Stuttgart, Germany

1997 Gallery Art 54-SoHo, New York, NY

1994 Galerie "Die Treppe", Stuttgart, Germany

1994 Gallery Art 54-SoHo, New York, NY

1992 Abney Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Musée du Luxembourg, (Invitational Bicentennial) Paris, France

1988 International Protocol Officers Association, New York, NY

1988 Robertson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988 Artexpo, New York, NY

1987 Palazzo dei Congressi, EUR Rome, Italy

1987 Swiss Institute, New York, NY

1987 Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL

1987 Vassar College, The Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

1987 Necca Museum, New England Center for Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn, CT

1987 Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Necca Museum, New England Center for Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn, CT

Vassar College, Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Clinica di Reabilitazione - Novaggio-Lugano, Switzerland

Commission: The Brookfield Bistro, Brookfield, CT

Commission: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Geneva, Switzerland

Commission: Mediterranean Shipping Company, New York, NY

Caleidoscopio Tours, Milan, Italy

General Electric Company, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Television

Interview and coverage of exhibit at Gallery Art 54 for Cable TV

"New York's Greatest", by Regal Entertainment - April 1994.

Interview and coverage of Straus Gallery show on RAI network program "L'Italia d'America" - June 1990

 

RADIO

Interview on "L'Italia d'America," - November 7, 1990 (RAI)

 

PUBLICATIONS

STEP Publication Arte-Art Kunst September 2019

New Art International edition 2008 (Front Cover Contest)

Dizionario Enciclopedico Internazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (2003-2004)

The Encyclopedia of Living Artists, 13th Edition (2003 Back-cover contest winner)

The Encyclopedia of Living Artists (1997)

Who's Who in the International Art (1991-1992)

Manhattan Arts Magazine - March-April 1990; October 1990-January 1991

Répertoire des Artistes Suisses - 1980-1990

The Musée du Luxembourg's official catalog “Les 3 Ameriques à Paris”

The Third Edition of The New York Art Review (June 1988)

The Fourth Edition of the art book Quelli Che Contano (May 1988)

The Encyclopedia of Living Artists (1987)

COMPETITIONS
12th Botanicals Art Competition-LightSpaceTime-Special Merit for Morning Light-April 2022
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