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

Christiane Papé was born in Geneva where she grew up and completed her studies. Having lived and traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, always accompanied by an innate, acute sense of observation, she adeptly transmits through her work on canvas a vision of things both original and personal.

Christiane is a lover of nature, and she impregnates her works with that love. She is as much at ease with her famous exotic floral compositions as with her abstracts where one perceives natural elements that go far beyond a strictly visual sensation. Christiane has worked in a variety of media such as acrylic, pastel, collage, and oil, leading her to master many innovative techniques.

A Gemini, Christiane's dual personality is equally at home in the sophisticated milieu of Manhattan where she resided for 37 years, as well as in the picturesque lakeside of Lugano, Switzerland where she currently resides. Her work expresses her duality in the audacious yet refined style of her abstracts and the unique interpretation of nature in the floral paintings. Constantly inspired by what she sees, Christiane carries visual memories with her until they come together and explode onto the canvas, her vibrant nature flows through all her work and captivates the viewer with her proven mastery of the application of color and technique.

Christiane Papé has seduced a wide public in Europe and the United States, her 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

2016 Restaurant "Ronchetto" Comano-Lugano, Switzerland
2015 Finter Bank Zurich S.A., Lugano, Switzerland 

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

2012 Sofiltel Philadelphia, PA

2011 La Maison de 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



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



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


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




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



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



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)