Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk was born on February 18th, 1943 in Vienna/Austria. She now lives in Perchtoldsdorf, a village in the vinyards close to the city of Vienna. During her first stay in France she was inspired to create paintings with oil-chalk. With her painting “Still life” she won the first price Award in a competition organized at the Academy of Fine Arts (Schillerplatz/Vienna). Mrs. Matejka-Felden invited her spontaneously to participate in a collective exhibition at the “Vienna Sezession”.
After her Highschool graduation in 1961 she takes advantage of a one year’s stay in Paris, where she worked as a translator for an international group: there she made further autodidactic studies. In the following years her style of painting was influenced by the cubists and expressionists.
Between 1965 and 1996 she stopped her artistic activities to fulfill her role as a mother to raise four children. She also decorated her house in Perchtoldsdorf and worked with her housband to found Thonhauser Ltd.
Then in 1996 she enthousiastically restarted her painting career, creating her paintings now in a very different style. She became a student of Prof. Colnago who showed her how to do water colouring, she also attended lessons with Mrs.Mühlwisch-Krambichler at the School of Fine Arts in Vienna and for oil painting with Mag.Schnetzinger, and for composition with Mrs.Hübler, for lithography with Prof. Krzywoblocki and for sculpture with Prof. Sukopp.
In 1998 Brigitte Thonhauser-Merk finally presented her first exhibiton: flowers in water colour. This exhibition was very well received and encouraged her to organize further ones in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz and other towns in Austria. She became a member of the “Artistes Indépendants” in Paris and her acrylic paintings are shown regularly at the Gallery “Art up Déco” and at the “Salons des Artistes Indépendants”” at the Grand Palais, and the “Salon d’Art contemporain” at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and Honfleur, France. Further exhibitions were shown in Florence, Italy where she won the “Premio Firenze” in 2008 as well as in Mannheim and Leipzig, Germany. She got several awards from the “Fédération Nationale de la Culture Française” and of “Arts-Sciences-Lettres”, Paris. Her creations were published in several catalogues, and art magazines in Germany, France and Tunesia.

Since 2011 the artist has been listed at "Mecenavie", an association who want's to create an arstistic atmosphere in business or private life - one can rent or buy the artwork for 3 months or even longer.

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