Brita Holmquist

Brita Holmquist was born in New York City, daughter of painter Ibbie Holmquist and Goran Holmquist of Bonniers Inc., the store that introduced the United States to International craft and industrial design. She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.

Brita spent her first winter in Maine, 1971-1972, working for the Maine Audubon Society as the resident artist. She also worked at the Ram Island Arts Center as a designer. 

After two years of study in Italy, Brita returned to Maine, and married Florentine, Roberto Bonechi. They bought the house in Cumberland in 1975 where they still live. 


Brita has served on the board of the Maine Festival, the Portland Arts Council, the Artists' Advisory Panel to the Maine Commission, the Artists' Advisory Council to Maine Coast Artists, the Advisory Board to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, as well as the Cumberland County Democratic Committee. She has also served on the boards of Figures of Speech, The Breakwater School, The Winter Harbor Theatre Company, The Jason Project and The Maine College of Art. As a summer resident to the island of Islesboro, she served on the Comprehensive Plan Committee and on the Community Fund there.

She cofounded 10x10, an artists' group of ten, and the Peregrine Press, a cooperative artists' press in Portland, Maine in 1991.


Paintings of Maine, Little, Carl, Downeast Books, 2006

"The Center of the Universe", Beem, Edgar Allen, The Island Journal, Volume Twenty, 2003

Lighthouses on Parade, Portland, Maine, 2003

Words and Images, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, 2003

"On Island: A Century of Continuity and Change", McAvoy, Suzette Lane, American Art Review, October 2000

"Brita Holmquist: Primavera in Tuscany" Little, Carl, Art, New England, October/ November 1998

Art of the Maine Islands, Little, Carl, Downeast Books, 1997 "Counting on Maine", Little, Carl, The Bar Harbor Times, Jan. 16, 1997

Paintings of Maine, Skolnick, Arnold, Downeast Books, 1996

"Artist Brita Holmquist on What She Sees That We Don't" Alexander, Nancy P., Preview! July 815, 1994

"From Tuscany, Brita Holmquist brings gift of inevitability" Isaacson, Philip, Maine Sunday Telegram, August 15, 1993

"The Art of the Maine Islands", Beem, Edgar Allen, The Island Journal, Volume Ten, 1993

"The World of Brita HolmquistCelebrations of life as rich as a tapestry", McWilliams, Margot Brown, Casco Bay Weekly, May 21,


"Brita Holmquist's Different Worlds, Mangravite, Andrew, Welcomat, After Dark, Philadelphia Pa.) April 8, 1992

"Where Land Meets Water", Vaccaro, Corinne, The Republican Journal, July 11, 1991

"Brita Holmquist sees the light" Beem, Edgar Allen, Maine Times, August 18, 1989

"Mainers Away", Sobol, Judith, The Joan Whitney Payson Gallery of Art, Oct. 4Nov. 17, 1985

Checklist For The Exhibition, 1985 Biennial, Paintings of Maine Artists, Portland Museum of Art, 19 January 3 March 1985, #28

"Paintings From The Kitchen", The Times Record, August 28, 1981