About the Artist




"Color, energy, emotion and movement are the foundation of my visual style and approach to painting. I love the fluid materiality of oil paint and the process of transforming two-dimensional surfaces into dynamic, layered compositions through interaction of color, form and line. My paintings blend elements of nature with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry."


American painter, Donna Bruni, creates abstract oil paintings that reference places known, remembered or imagined, suspended within layered surfaces of color. Atmospheric and elemental, her paintings are inspired by form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, her canvases focus on perception of time and space, through the stages of the painting process. Although abstract, her paintings strive to evoke a sense of place within the canvas surface.  


Bruni's Floating to the Surface series (Spirit paintings), was inspired by conversations at memorial sites including; Gernika, Spain, El Mozote, El Salvador, Santiago, Guatemala and New York, New York. Paintings from the series have been exhibited at Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (Art on the Plains IX Biennial, Juror; Hesse McGraw), Gallery One|BMW of Minneapolis (solo exhibition, Floating to the Surface) and Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida (Noveau 2017).



Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied graphic design at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She began a career in the arts in the pre-digital age of print media, working as a freelance designer in the New York metropolitan area. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied use of imagery in cross-cultural, traditional healing practices. She is Exhibition Curator at M Health Mill City Clinic, promoting art integration in community wellness initiatives. Her studio is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a vibrant, midwestern creative community. She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 



Photography: Doug Johnson