Peggy Hinaekian

Artist Biography

Hinaekian is an internationally recognized, well established artist whose work consists of oils and acrylics on canvas and on paper, collages, monotypes and etchings. Her signed limited edition etchings of a mythical character were distributed worldwide by English, French and Italian editors. She then embraced abstract art and produced a great number of paintings on canvas and on paper. She has also done abstract ceramic wall hangings.

She had a career as a fashion designer in Boston and Manhattan before pursuing art as a profession. She has exhibited extensively all over the world and was the only American artist invited to participate in the prestigious Milan International Exhibition in 2016.

She is a multi-faceted artist and her worldwide travels have influenced her work especially the orange/red hues of the Sahara and New Mexican deserts and the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the oceans. She has a fascination with creative imagery and is mostly a color field artist; the nostalgic character of her work is best described as atmospheric, poetic and quiet. She tries to breathe movement into her “abstract landscapes” to guide the viewer into the paintings, making him wander into a different reality. Her paintings have been described as Blue Reveries and Red Desert scapes.

Artist Statement

Life travels in Africa, Europe and the United States, have determined the nostalgic, and lyrical character of my work which consists mainly of oils or acrylic on canvas, mixed technique on paper and monoprints.

I consider myself a color field painter and am foremost a colorist. I put myself in a color mood and apply paint on canvas or on paper to create a layered atmospheric composition, sometimes with collages. I rarely work with a preconceived vision for the final product, thus allowing the possibility of ambiguity and surprise. Conceptually, I try to immerse the viewer in the perceptual experience of space, color and light. Therefore, my paintings actualize perception by carefully balancing these elements. I have a fascination with creative imagery that is an area of space occupied by floating forms that may join of float independently. Finally, by using color and texture, I try to breathe movement into my "abstract landscapes" to guide the viewer into the paintings and make them wander into a different reality.


Principal One-Woman Shows

1960 Galerie Libre, Montreal

1970 Galerie de l’Université, Paris

1972 Galerie Grand’Rue, Geneva, Switzerland

1976 Sloane Street Gallery, London

1977 Galerie Artarena, Zurich, Switzerland

1977 Nigel Cameron Gallery, Hong Kong

1978 Galerie Florimont, Lausanne, Switzerland

1979 Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switzerland

1979 Gallery Bellair, Toronto, Canada

1979 Galerie Cassandra, Drobak, Norway

1980 Galerie Christian Quart, Kristiansand, Norway

1980 Gallery Yaneff, Toronto, Canada

1986 Galerie Kristen Richards, New York

1990 Gallery Petra Zschokke, Basel, Switzerland

1991 Galerie Couleurs du Temps, Geneva, Switzerland

1991 Galerie A, St. Gall, Switzerland

1991 Bilderhus Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

1992 Anker Bank, Zurich, Switzerland

1992 Galerie La Coupole, Frankfurt, Germany

1994 Head Office of Philip Morris, Lausanne, Switzerland

1994 Society of Swiss Banks, Lausanne, Switzerland

1997 Lighthouse Point Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1997 Galerie Vita, Bern, Switzerland

1998 Fore Street Gallery, Portland, Maine

2000 Galerie 63, Klosters, Switzerland

2000 Galerie Nota Béné, Geneva, Switzerland

2002 Galeria de la Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 Galerie Maya Guidi, Geneva, Switzerland

2003-14 Galerie de Grancy, Lausanne, Switzerland

2003 Ferme de la Chapelle, Geneva, Switzerland

2005 Galerie Pro Arte Kasper, Morges, Switzerland

2006-16 Galerie d’Art Junod, Nyon, Switzerland

2007 Galerie Adler, Gstaad, Switzerland

2008 Galerie 22, Insbruck, Austria

2011 Galerie Gstaaderhof, Gstaad, Switzerland

2013 Faculty Club, La Jolla, CA

2013-15 Villa Musica, San Diego, CA

2014 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, Florida

2015 Monika Oiko Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2016 Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapis, MI

2016 Ethos Contemporary Art, Newport Beach, CA

2016 LGOCA, Laguna Beach, CA


Principal Group Shows:

1971 Museum of Modern Art, Paris

1972-83 International Art Biennale, Bradford, England

1972 Rath Museum, Geneva Switzerland

1974 International Art Biennale, Florence, Italy

1974-76 International Art Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway

1975 International Fair of Contemporary Art, (FIAC) Paris

1977 Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong

1983 International Art Exhibition, Kanawaga, Japan

1979-85 International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

1983-90 Art Expo, New York

1989 United Nations, in honor of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1990-92 World Print Fair, Tokyo, Japan

2000 Art Exhibition, USA/France, Bordeaux, France

2003 World Triennial of Small Size Etchings, Chamalieres, France

2003-09 Europ’Art, Geneva, Switzerland

2004 Inaugural Exhibition, Broadway Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2004-06 International Biennale of Prints, Grenchen, Switzerland

2008 International Art Fair, Innsbruck, Austria

2008-12 Albuquerque Museum Miniature Art Exhibition

2008-17 Attraction Art Gallery Association, Geneva, Switzerland

2010 William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

2009-10 Etra Fine Art, Miami, Florida

2011 Kelley Roy Gallery, Miami, Florida

2011-16 Primavera Gallery, Ojai, California

2912-15 SIG, Geneva

2012-17 Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, La Jolla, CA                                     

2013-15 Avran Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013-15 Gallery Corrazon, Santa Fe, NM

2011-18 La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA

2015 IMD Center, Lausanne, Switzerland

2015-16 Liberty Station Art Fair, San Diego

2015 Universal Exhibition, Milan -  Art for a Better Future.

2018 Art San Diego, Delmar

2018/19 Generali, Lausanne, Switzerland  


Private and Corporate Collections:

Athenaeum Art and Music Library, La Jolla, CA

National Art Library of France, Paris

Javier Mendez collection for Museum in Galicia, Spain

Carouge Art Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

Contemporary Print Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

Canton of Geneva Art Collection, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of the Swiss in the World, Chateau de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland

Dupont De Nemours International Headquarters

United Nations Art Collection

Migros Art Collection, Zurich

Neste International Corporation

Barclays Bank

Union Bank of Switzerland

Credit Suisse Switzerland

Popular Bank of Switzerland

CBI Private Banking, Switzerland

Deutsche Bank

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Zyma Pharmaceuticals

Anker Bank, Zurich

Society of Swiss Bankers

Geneva University Hospital

Columbia Group of Hospitals

Meyrin Hospital, Geneva

Firmenich International, New York and Switzerland

Cogecot, Switzerland

Yada International, Norway

Santander Bank, Spain

Company of Investment Bankers, Switzerland

The Queen of Norway

EX Empress Farah Diba of Iran


Radio Interviews:

Voice of La Jolla Podcast – (2015)

Voice of America

Radio 74

Radio Lac, Switzerland

Podcasts in the U.S.


Cover Illustrations of Books:

This Watery World: Humans and the Sea, Ed. Nandita Batra and Vartan Messier, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, U.K., 2008.

Besinung und Einsicht, Ed. Strom-Verlag, Zurich, 1981

Acacias Road, Poetry book by Alan Brown, 2017


Numerous articles and interviews in English and in French in European and American magazines and newspapers and on the Internet.


Award in Best in Painting, La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, 2013


She has written a romance novel entitled “Of Julia and Men”, featuring one of her etchings “Girl on a flying Carpet” on the cover and 26 black and white etchings at the beginning of each chapter. Xlibris, 2015.