"Color, energy, emotion and movement are the foundation of my visual style

and intuitive 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 begin with color, light, pattern, looking at form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, the canvases focus on perception of time and space through the painting process.


Her painting series, Floating to the Surface (Spirit paintings, 2010-2012), influenced by travel to memorial sites in Gernika, Spain, EL Mozote, El Salvador and New York, focused on memory, loss compassion and hope, in the wake of tragedy. The paintings were exhibited at Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (Art on the Plains IX Biennial, Juror; Hesse McGraw), Gallery One|BMW of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida (Noveau 2017). With paintings in many private art collections, Donna Bruni also has artworks in law offices, hotels, financial firms and organizations including: HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, St. Paul, MN, Otto Bremer Foundation in Saint Paul, MN, Birch Cove Group Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, Winslow Capital Management, Minneapolis, MN, Datatrend Technologies, Minnetonka, MN. 


Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied art and design at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, School of Visual Arts in New York and University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (B.A., Visual Art & Complementary Healthcare). Her studio is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a vibrant, midwestern creative community. She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, Colorado. 


Image Above: Imagine, oil on custom built canvas, 54 x 48", ©2017, Bruni, available at Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Portrait Photography: Doug Johnson