Brigitta Kocsis is a contemporary Hungarian-born Canadian visual artist, best known for her large scale paintings investigating the shifting concepts of the human body and its environment. She took drawing lessons at the Studio For Young Artists (Fiatal Művészek Klubja-FMK) and attended the Marczibányi-téri kör (Marczibanyi Education Center) in Budapest, HU where she studied art under Szlavik, Lajos painter until 1988. She moved to the UK and learned English in Brixton and after two years there, relocated to Montreal in 1990 to pursue her education at Concordia University Fine Arts.

At the beginning of her career, Kocsis’s artistic interests included painting, media and video art. After moving to Vancouver in 1994 she exhibited large scale multimedia installations and screened several videos nationally. In 2000, she started focusing on painting, integrating abstract and figurative elements. She received her BFA in Vancouver from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2005 and has dedicated herself to painting since then.

Kocsis’ work has been included in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Geneva Art Biennale; the Balassi Institute, Finland; Szeged University, Hungary; Harcourt House, Edmonton; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby; Grunt Gallery, Vancouver; Brooklyn Expo Center, New York; and the Outremont Art Gallery, Montreal. In 2010, she spent 5 months creating in Paris and Berlin, and she is the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Her most recent series, Contingent Bodies, was published in a full colour catalogue by Grunt. Kocsis’ work makes painting its subject and its medium. She is interested in unfolding the implications of the structural and theoretical formations within the painting process by challenging the expectations of conventional abstraction and figuration. She presently lives and works between Montreal and Vancouver.


-Curriculum Vitae

2002-05         BFA, Emily Carr University of Arts & Design, Vancouver, BC
1997              Western Front Multimedia Program, Vancouver, BC
1993-94         Concordia University, Montreal, QC
1985-88         Drawing courses, Fiatal Muvészek Klubja (FMK), Szlavik, Lajos, Marczibányi-téri kör,
                            Budapest, Hungary

Solo Exhibitions
2019              Contingent Bodies, La Galerie d'art d'Outremont, Montreal, QC
2017              Contingent Bodies, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2017              Contingent Bodies, grunt gallery, curated by Glenn Alteen, Vancouver, BC
2015              Universal Gravitation, Burnaby Art Gallery's off-site exhibition, curated by Jennifer Cane, Burnaby, BC

2015              Magnetic Fields, Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB
2015              Magnetic Fields, Yrjo Liipolan Taidemuseo, Koski , FI
2015              Magnetic Fields, Balassi Instutute, curated by Jukka Haverinen, Helsinki , FI
2015              Magnetic Fields, Szeged University, Szeged, HU
2014              Magnetic Fields, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB
2013              Magnetic Fields, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012              Secret Mechanisms, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC

2012              Hide()us, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011              Hide()us, Mac11 Geneva Art Biennale, AaD Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2011              Hide()us, Nuit Des Bains, organized by The Quartier des Bains Association, Geneva, SW
2011              Secret Mechanisms, Vernon Public Art Gallery, curated by Lubos Culen, Vernon, BC
2011              Secret Mechanisms, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009              Secret Mechanisms, Campbell River & District Public Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
2007              On An Intimate Dimension, VECC, Vancouver, BC
2006              In The Altogether, Maple Ridge Public Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
1997              The Eye of the Beholder, Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, BC
1995              Cooped, Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, BC
1994              Tea Party, Fine Arts Building, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021              Carnet_01, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, QC
2018              Brooklyn Contemporary Art Fair, Presented by Saatchi Art, Brooklyn, New York
2017              The Salt Spring National Art Prize Exhibition, Salt Spring Island, BC
2016              Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC
2014              Art Exhibit at Science World, ECUD in collaboration with TRIUMF (Canada’s National

                             Laboratoryfor Nuclear and Particle Physics), Vancouver, BC
2013              SpareParts, Hatch Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2013              Interurban Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013              Smash Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012              Drawing Festival'12, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011              Drawing Festival'11, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010              Celebrate the Art of Canada, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008              Chapel Arts, Vancouver, BC
2007              Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006              Resonance, with M. Lowry, (Two person Show) Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2006              British Columbia Psychological Association Awards, SFU, Vancouver, BC
2005              ECUAD Grad Show, Vancouver, BC
2004              Threshold, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003              The Figurative Show, Concourse Gallery, ECI, Vancouver, BC
2002              Mezzanine Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver, BC
1998              Blue Valentine, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997              Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996              Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995              Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995              Proforma, Collaboration with Folke Kobberling, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1988              Marczibányi-téri kör, Budapest, Hungary

1998              Frenesia Tipica (with SFU composer in residence David Monacchi), VCAC, Vancouver, BC
1998              Minz & Maunz, (sound by Giorgio Magnanensi)
1998              Imposed Hallucination, (sound by Philip Giborski),
                             SYNC II Film and Video Festival, Toronto, ON
                             Vancouver Community Art Council, BC
                             Vancouver Film School, BC
1998              An Indian Act Shooting the Indian Act, (Editor)
                             Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                             British group Locus+, Wells, UK
1997              CRT Doodles, (sound by Philip Giborski), OR Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997              Stylus, Multimedia Group, (Zev Asher, Alex MacKenzie, Phil Giborski),
                             Vancouver Film School, BC
1995              Proforma (video):
                             Production Parade, Rogers Cable, National video broadcast;
                             ECIAD Media Show '95, Vancouver, BC
1995              Roughage, 10th Improvised Music Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA

Awards/ Residencies
2020              VSC/ Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship
2017              The Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist
2017              Project Assistance Grant - BC Arts Council
2016              Hamber Foundation, Grunt Gallery
2015              Canada Council Visual Arts Travel Grant

2014              BC Art Council Project Assistance Grant
2011              Canada Council Visual Arts Travel Grant
2010              Canada Council Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
1998              Vancouver Film School, Residency, Vancouver

2019              Outremont Art Gallery, organised by CHAC, Montreal, QC
2017              Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014              Langara College, Vancouver, BC

2014              Harcourt House, Edmonton , AB
2012              Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC
2012              Simon Fraser University Critical Inquiries Post - Conference, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC
2011              AaD Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2012              Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2011              Maple Ridge Public Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC

2019             dOutremont, Journal. YouTube, YouTube, 22 Jan. 2019,
2019             Robert-Bourassa, Bibliothčque. YouTube, YouTube, 11 Jan. 2019,
  Willow Little. “Contingent Bodies: Metamorphosis in the Moment.” Westmount Magazine, Andrew Burlone, Dec. 2018,
2018            Gomez, Laura. “Interview with Brigitta Kocsis.” Rev. of artist Brigitta Kocsis,  Klassik International Mag., n.d. Web. 6 Sept. 20.
2017             “SSNAP Finalist’s Exhibition ”, catalogue, Fall 2017, 22 cm x 28 cm, 1112 pages, full color. Salt Spring Art Council.
2017             “Brigitta Kocsis: Contingent Bodies”, catalogue, Spring 2017, essays by: Clint Burnham, 6 x 9 in, 32 pages, grunt gallery,                                                     ISBN: 978-1-988708-01-0.
2014            Saatchi Art, Brigitta Kocsis: Artist of the Day, November 3, 2014.

2014            Saatchi Art, Curator's Pick, October, 2014.
2014            Wadsley, Helena. “Magnetic Fields by B. Kocsis.” Rev. of Magnetic Fields, artist Brigitta Kocsis, Prairie Seen 1 Sept. 2014: 33-34.             

2014            Yang, Molly. “Showcasing today's artist of the day: Brigitta Kocsis.” Rev. of artist Brigitta Kocsis, Atom Review Mag., n.d. Web. 8 Sept.2,
2013            The Ubyssey, October 9, “AMS Bike Co-op gets creative in SUB Gallery ”By Ruby Chen.
2012            "Meet: Brigitta Kocsis" by Stephanie Matchung. Petley Jones Blog.
            Priegert, Portia. “Featured Artists: Brigitta Kocsis.” Rev. of artist Brigitta Kocsis, Galleries West Anniversary Issue 3 2011 Print.
2011            Vernon Morning Star, "Do not adjust your eyes" August 2011
2011            Johnson, Mia. “Brigitta Kocsis: Secret Mechanisms”. Preview Art Magazine
                                Feb. 2011: 20. Print.
2011            Buchard, Eva. “Brigitta Kocsis: Secret Mechanisms”.  Escene: Emily Carr University’s Alumni Magazine 4 Dec., 2011: 4. Print.
2009            “The Boundary between Body and Environment”. Campbell River Mirror Jul. 2009: 6. Print.
2009            Greer, Darryl. “After a Rough Start”. Globe and Mail 2009: 20. Print.
2008            Buchard, Eva. “Brigitta Kocsis: Secret Mechanisms”. Escene: Emily Carr University’s Alumni Magazine 2008: 2. Print.
2007            NZ House & Garden, “Home is Where the Art is”, Auckland, New Zealand
1998            Performance Research Magazin, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun,
                    “An Indian Act Shooting the Indian Act”, Wales, UK
1995            “Proforma”, video archive of the ECI Library, Vancouver, BC
1995            “Proforma”, GHK, (Art Academy of Kassel) Kassel, Germany

All content © Brigitta Kocsis