From 1975 until 1980, Brigitte Kowanz studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where she has also held a professorship of Transmedia Arts since 1997. Since the 1980s, her work has experimented in light, language and reflection.
"Light can abolish borders. It fills an entire room and colours it, allowing images of light and shadow to emerge."
In 2017, Kowanz presented her work in the Austrian Pavilion at the 57th La Biennale di Venezia. Included in the Light Show exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London (2013), toured through several museums in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and the United Arab Emirates and she has also exhibited at the Museum Moderner Kunst Foundation Ludwig Vienna (2010); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2000); Vienna Secession (1993); Sydney Biennale (1990) and Sao Paolo Biennale (1987). Kowanz is the 2009 recipient of the Great Austrian State Prize.