Miriam Briks was born in 1957 in Wroclaw, Poland. Raised in New York, she graduated from the School of Art and Design in 1975 and studied figurative painting and drawing extensively at the Art Students' League of New York.
She worked as an illustrator and art teacher in Los Angeles and Florence, Italy. Originally trained in classical art, she began exhibiting her work in Paris, Italy and England. She began the transition of her technique to include a more varied use of color and strong gestural strokes, inspired greatly by the artist Sargent, Chase, Sorolla, and Zorn.