Brigitta Both was born in Hungary in 1978. She has been captivated by contemporary art from a very young age, has spent her childhood and teenager years drawing, painting and daydreaming with the constant feeling of being different. It was not until she started a new life as an emigrant that she turned back to art after studying fashion design and spending 15 years working as a designer.
Brigitta moved to Oxford, United Kingdom in 2007 accompanying his scientist husband who completed his PhD studies at the University of Oxford.
For almost a decade, she expressed herself again through painting, photography and collages. These experiments were meant to be her personal projects; she kept her works private. As an emigrant, having to experience loneliness, isolation and cultural shock in Oxford, Brigitta found comfort in creating. She used art as self-therapy, dedicated all her time to art.
Her paintings and collages are often portrayals of the human form. Collage materials are typically selected from an archive of images collected by the artist, including mass media sources, fashion magazines, books and personal pictures. Images are reconstructed and often layered with paint. Her paintings are mainly created by mixing materials such as acrylic paint, ink, graphite, coal or pastel. Colours are minimalist and monochromatic.
In 2015 Brigitta moved to Barcelona, Spain.
Being convinced by her close friends and family to present her works, she had her first exhibitions and in 2017 she won the 15th BBVA de Pintura Ricard Camí Award with her painting, Synchronized. A work for which the jury has highlighted the “perfect blend of two pictorial concepts, realism and abstraction, the approach to minimalism and the absence and silence that transmits through the contrast of black and white”.
As she told in an interview, winning the award took her as an incredible surprise. The awarded painting 'Synchronized' portrays two people who find stability and harmony in each other, but apparently no one else is allowed in their world; they show their back to the viewer.
Since winning the Ricard Camí award Brigitta is devoted to focus on her artistic career, expressing a personal point of view about life experiences, the complexities of one's identity, the connections between human beings.
In 2018 her solo exhibition 'Monochrome' was held at the Centre Cultural Terrassa, Spain in conjunction with the Ricard Camí Award.
Interested in and inspired by psychology, as described by the Antigues Caixes Catalanes Foundation, "her works are profound pieces with a powerful psychological component that fuse the figurative and abstract worlds".
"Brigitta Both's subjects deal with our daily mental struggles, our desperate need for harmony, beauty, security and love in a world where these are not easy to find. Nevertheless, her works attempt to show that beauty is everywhere around us and the ability of recognising it can help us through the difficulties." - Dr Márton Münz
In private collections in the United States, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom and Hungary.
- Connection (solo exhibition), Madrid, Spain - organised by the Embassy of Hungary, Madrid
- Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, USA
- Connection (solo exhibition), N2 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- Art New York (art fair), New York, USA - represented by N2 Gallery
- Memento (solo exhibition), EART - Espai d'Educació Artística i Creació Contemporània, Tallers Oberts, Barcelona, Spain
- Cheryl Hazan Gallery (collective exhibition), New York, USA
- Context Art Miami (art fair), Miami, USA - represented by N2 Gallery
- Skin (collective exhibition), N2 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- Monochrome (solo exhibition), Centre Cultural Terrassa, Terrassa, Spain
- Blaue Stunde VIII (collective video art festival), Alte Feuerwache Köln, Cologne, Germany
- Premio BBVA de Pintura Ricard Camí (collective exhibition), Centre Cultural Terrassa, Terrassa, Spain
- Fragile (solo exhibition), Olivart Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- Pas a pas (collective exhibition), Olivart Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- One Collage - One Song (solo exhibition and concert with Professor Nazneen Rahman), Olivart Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- Fearless (solo exhibition), Olivart Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
- Art en Femení (collective exhibition), Auditori Barradas, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain