Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff

Short Profile

Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff, born in the former Belgian Congo in 1950, has been successful an artist for more than 45 years. His life may appear like one of his grand paintings: a venturesome journey into the light! Christian Peltenburg is a renowned master of Modern Impressionism. When outdoors and fully exposed to the elements, he can capture a magical scenery with just a few strokes of the brush. He often paints or draws atmospheric, pristine, and exotic landscapes of almost sacred character: flickering deserts, mighty mountains, Antarctic waters. You can actually feel how the artist immerses himself into and merges with Nature. From a compositional point of view, his often large-sized pastels, ink drawings, and oil paintings are reduced to the bare essentials, which reveal an intensity and beauty only a mystic can see and express. Christian Peltenburg has searched for the light, and found it within himself. His works of art are to be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Greek National Gallery, or the Orange County Museum in California. The artist has been represented by renowned galleries in Europe and the USA. He has been awarded several prizes and has published three books. He lives and works in New York, Basel, and Sifnos (Greece).

Statement

»The core of my work was – and still is – a certain inner landscape. However, Nature will will always remain the source of my inspiration, in the same way that New York gives me the energy I need to create.«

Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff

Biographical Sketch

  • 1950: Born in the former Belgian Congo
  • 1970: Gymnasium in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1975: Master of Art, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1975: Swiss Federal Government Scholarship
  • 2007: Publication of the book: Homage: Encounters with The East (see below)
  • 2013: Publication of the book: The Greek House (see below)
  • 2017: Documentary movie on Christian Peltenburg by MAGEE Film, Zurich, Switzerland

Exhibitions

  • 2018: Project Raum M54 , Basel, Schweiz 
  • 2017: Looking for the Light, WBB GALLERY, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2016: Planetarium Gallery, Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • 2015: WBB Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015: Ochsner & Barr Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2014: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2013: Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA
  • 2013: Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • 2012: Indar Pasricha Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011: Galerie Curtins, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2011: Treillage Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2011: Hollyhock Galleries, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2010: Esther Hufschmid Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2010: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2008: Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA
  • 2007: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2007: Project Raum M54 during ART BASEL
  • 2007: Treillage Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2007: Esther Hufschmid Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2007: Anderson Galleries, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2006: Treillage Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2006: Galerie Curtins, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2006: Reygers Gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 2006: Kleine Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
  • 2006: Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2005: Alva Gallery, New London, Connecticut, USA
  • 2005: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004: Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2003: Galerie Curtins, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 2003: Treillage Gallery , New York, USA
  • 2003: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2002: Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2002: ART BASEL, Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Switzerland
  • 2001: Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, USA
  • 2000: Art First, London, UK
  • 2000: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999: Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1999: Treillage Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1999: ART BASEL, Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery
  • 1999: Reygers Gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 1999: Kleine Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
  • 1998: Kreonidis Art Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1997: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1997: Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1996: Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller & Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996: Kleine Galerie, Regensburg, Gemany
  • 1996: Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1995: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1994: ART BASEL, Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Switzerland
  • 1994: Kreonidis Art Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1993: Stubbs Books & Prints, New York, USA
  • 1993: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1992: Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • 1992: Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA
  • 1992: David Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, USA
  • 1992: Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1991: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1991: Stubbs Books & Prints, New York, USA
  • 1990: Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller & Galerie Trittligasse, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1990: Nahan Contemporary, New York, USA
  • 1989: Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, USA
  • 1989: FOTA Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, USA
  • 1988: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1987: Vorpal Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1986: Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, USA
  • 1986: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1985: Vorpal Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1984: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1984: Vorpal Gallery, San Franciso, USA
  • 1982: Daniel Blaise Thorens Fine Art Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1980: Ausstellungsraum Basler Künstler, Kaserne Basel, Switzerland
  • 1978: Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1977: Galerie Riehentor, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1977: Ausstellungsraum Basler Künstler, Kaserne Basel, Switzerland
  • 1976: Galerie Ursula Wiedenkeller, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1972: Galerie Sibyll Kummer-Rothenhäusler, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1971: Flaten Hall Gallery, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA
  • 1970: Stampa Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1969: Galerie Sibyll Kummer-Rothenhäusler, Zurich, Switzerland

Publications

  • Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff: Homage – Encounters with The East, Glitterati Incorporated (National Book Network), New York, 2007
  • Christian Brechneff, Tim Lovejoy: The Greek House – The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos, Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 2013
  • Christian Peltenburg Brechneff, Donald Kuspit, Bunny Williams: Into the Garden, Glitterati Inc., NY, 2019
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