Co Founders

Madeleine Paternot Co Founder

Madeleine Paternot (New York, NY) Nomadic by nature, Paternot has lived all over the world, including New Zealand, Morocco, Andalusia, and the Swiss Alps.  She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York, NY) in 1995 and attended the prestigious Art Center School of Design (Vevey, Switzerland) with a focus on Product Design in 1996. Kensington & Chelsea College (London, England) awarded Paternot a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fine Art in 1998.  She has studied at the Art Student League (New York, NY) and completed a residency in Painting at the School of Visual Arts, (New York, NY) in 2009 and 2010.

She was selected for “Swiss Art in the UK 2001” and showed at the Swiss Embassy in London. Over the past 12 years she has participated in multiple group exhibitions and more than a dozen solo shows.  Her work has appeared in private and public collections in London (England), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Lausanne (Switzerland), Verbier (Switzerland), Boston (MA), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Killarney, Co. Kerry (Ireland) and New York (New York).

Kiki Thompson Co Founder

Kiki Thompson (Verbier, Switzerland) was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She spent the formative years of her life in New York and then studied Art and French at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. After University she returned to Verbier, Switzerland.

Inspired by the rugged mountains of the Alps, she segued into a short career as a professional snowboarder following the World Cup Circuit and chasing winter between hemispheres. Many of her sculptures have the same sinuous lines that are left on the mountain after a fresh snowfall.

Touching a wide variety of materials and seeking fluidity of form, Kiki is most interested in the mind filling in what the eye can’t see.

Kiki has exhibited in Switzerland, New Zealand, New York, California and London. Her artwork appears in prominent public collections, including public sculptures in the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park in New Zealand and in Le Chable, Switzerland, as well as in notable private collections worldwide. One of her sculptures was recently purchased to be part of the permanent collection of the Canton du Valais, Switzerland.

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