Born in Boudry, canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1944
Lives and works in the Connecticut, US


Frederic Walperswyler is a painter.

From 1978 to 1998, to paint and to be at sea were one harmonious experience for Frederic. 
Existentially, both sailing and painting were essential. Without them, Walperswyler says, he could not have survived.

There was a break from painting between 1998 and 2007 because of a combination of multiple factors. One of these was his significantly important move from one continent to another.



The Whale - Acrylic on wood - 1,80 m x 6,14 m / 5' x 20' 

Beginning in the fall of 2007, in his studio in Stonington, Connecticut, he is back to what he calls “his pictorial sailing”. Painting and sailing remain the core of his work and his life.

In the past, Walperswyler's painting offered a perspective from which he would anticipate sailing. Today, his painting experience is enriched by other influences. Books and writing have become the third element of his survival. Books, the Sea, and Painting form the chronology in the need “to do”.

In reading, the impact of a story leads to a discovery which, for Walperswyler, in turn generates and promotes his best creative work in the studio. On his list of most influential writers are Marguerite Yourcenar, Marguerite Duras, Benoîte Groult, Annie Ernaux, Michel Serres, Cormac McCarthy, Claudio Magris, Arturo Pérez-Reverte...


1966 - 1970 studies architecture and design in Geneva, Switzerland
1970  - before starting his career in architecture and then in art, he works with deep sea fishermen in Brittany, France
1970 - 1976 practises architecture: interior and industrial design
1976 - 1983 painter, sculptor, teacher
1983 - 1998 painter, teacher
1993 - 1994 Artist in Residence at the Griffis Art Center in New London, Connecticut, USA
1996 - painting residence in New York, New York, USA
1998 - in his studio in Normandy, decides to make a break from painting
1998 - 2001 return to architecture with computers; teacher, video maker (six short films)
2001 - move to USA
2001 - 2007 practises architecture
2007  - return to painting

Exhibitions abroad

1984 - Barcelona, Spain
1984 - Okinawa, Japan
1989 - Hamburg, Germany
1992 - "ART FRANKFURT", International fair for contemporary art, Germany
1992 - "ART COLOGNE", Internationaler Kunstmarkt, Germany
2009 - "Imaginary Journeys", Exhibition of International Art, Ferrara, Italy
2009 - Galerie Thuillier, Paris, France
various exhibitions in galleries in Switzerland

Exhibitions in America

1994 - Old Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
1994 - Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
1997 - Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT
2008 - Velvet Mill Gallery, Stonington, CT
2013 - New Collectors' Book & Exhibition with Basak Malone llc., at the Ward-Nasse Gallery, in New York, NY

Other presentations of work

Installation "CACHELIN 86", Chevroux, Switzerland
Magazine "RUES BASSES" at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Opens Studio in Carentan, Normandy, France
Work in private and public collections including "Le Canton de Genève", Rolex-International, Airport-Hotel-Hamburg and others
Recipient of several prizes in art contests including the "Miro Foundation" in Barcelona, Spain - - +41 (0)22 366.42.22

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