April 15, 2015 user

Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi Host “Exotic St. Martin Flowers” Art Show Featuring Artist Christian Brechneff

Swifty’s Restaurant on the Upper East Side celebrated the start of spring with an Art Show, titled Exotic St. Martin Flower Drawings, featuring renowned painter Christian Brechneff on Thursday April 8, 2015, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Guests joined owners Robert Caravaggi and Chef Stephen Attoe for cocktails, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and a look at Brechneff’s latest set of paintings, Exotic St. Martin Flower Drawings.

Brechneff’s exhibition includes 15 paintings and drawings, all available for purchase, of foliage from his travels in St. Martin. Constructed on various mediums, each piece showcases the flower’s movement and structure using fine lines and colors.

Guests who attended included Henry Lambert, Bokara Legendre, Michael Selleck, Marta Hallett, Judith Auchincloss, George and Betsy White, Sherry Von- Korber Bernstein and Mark Gilbertson. Chef Attoe’s wife, Patricia Attoe and her business partner Rebecca Silver, draw upon on their extensive art background in curating the art at the restaurant. New York artist Mary Lou Schempf’s stunning work is exhibited in the front room on an ongoing basis. Her work complements the restaurant’s style and décor which was brought to life by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.


Born in the former Belgian Congo in 1950, Christian Brechneff was educated in Switzerland, England and the United States and received his MA degree from the Royal College of Art in 1975. Brechneff, a pastel painter, uses fine lines and details of objects naturally appearing in nature as a main source of his inspiration by drawing fine lines and creating movement to force an emotional response to his work. He receives his inspiration through his travels across the world and captures the beauty of the natural surroundings in the places he visits. In 2007 Brechneff published a book of his drawings, watercolors and pastels from 25 years of drawings across Asia called Homage Encounters with the East. Brechneff’s work is displayed in public and private collections across the globe including in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Greece, and the Orange Country Museum, Newport Beach, California. He splits his time between New York City, Hadlyme, CT and Sifnos, Greece ̶̶ the source of inspiration for his 2013 memoir The Greek House- The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos. 

Christian Brechneff Photo by Judith Ecochard

Robert Caravaggi, Patricia Attoe by Judith Ecochard

Randi Schatz, Roy Kean, Lauren Vernon by Robert Caravaggi

Atmosphere by Robert Caravaggi

Rebecca Silver, Christian Brechneff, Pat Attoe photo courtesy of Pat Attoe

Select Paintings from Exhibit by Judith Ecochard

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