Miriam Briks, Polish-born American painter, was born in Wroclaw, Poland. Raised in New York, she graduated from the School of Art and Design and studied figurative painting and drawing extensively at the Art Students League of New York. For the next six years she worked as an illustrator and art teacher in Los Angeles and Florence, Italy. She also continued her studies at the Academy of Art in Siena. Originally trained in classical art, she began exhibiting her work in Paris, Italy and England. Upon her return to the Untied States, she took up residence in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Here she began the transition of her technique to include more varied use of color and strong gestural strokes, inspired greatly by the artists Sargent, Chase, Sorolla and Zorn.
Portraying through rich colors and textures, her style of painting gently blends strong knowledge of the figure with classical impressionism. Briks strives to create paintings that evoke emotion and atmosphere, where the viewer is drawn into the beauty and mood of the moment.
Briks' work has been featured in American Art Review, Southwest Art, Architectural Digest, American Art Collector and California Homes magazines with exhibits and one-woman shows in Beverly Hills, La Jolla and Masterpiece Gallery, Carmel, California, Canyon Road Gallery, Santa Fe, Dassin Gallery, Los Angeles, Trees Place Gallery in Cape Cod and Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena Ca.. Her works are found in important and private collections with collectors such as Kim Bassinger, Hayley Mills, the late George Harrison and others throughout the United States and internationally.