Miriam Briks’s truly cosmopolitan upbringing creates a unique dimension to her artwork. She was born in 1957 in Wroclaw, Poland and grew up in New York where she graduated from the School of Art and Design in 1975. After graduation, she studied figurative painting and drawing at the Art Student’s League of New York. For the next six years, she worked as a freelance illustrator and art teacher in Los Angeles and then in Florence, Italy. She continued her studies at the Academy of Art in Sienna, Italy which gave her the technical and classical training that enabled her to begin exhibiting her work in Paris, Italy, and England.
Upon her return to the United States in 1986, she took up residence in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she adapted her technique to include more varied colors and strong gestural strokes, inspired by various artists including Sargent, Chase, Sorolla, and Zorn.
Conveying rich colors and textures, her painting style gently blends strong knowledge of figure painting with classical impressionism. Briks strives to create paintings that evoke emotion and atmosphere, such that the viewer is drawn into the beauty and mood captured by the painting.
Miriam has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions. Her exhibitions have spanned from Beverly Hills, to Carmel, La Jolla, Aspen, Kirkland, Dallas, and Park City in Utah. Her work is part of the private collections of Kim Bassinger, Hayley Mills, and George Harrison. She has also been featured in articles by the American Art Review, Southwest Art, Architectural Digest, California Homes, San Diego Magazine, and Aspen Catalogue.