"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 compositions are based on shifting light, pattern, form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, her work looks at perception of time and space, with emphasis on boundaries, edges, transitions, movement and balance, through each stage of the painting process.
Her series, Floating to the Surface (Spirit paintings), was influenced by travel to memorial sites in Gernika, Spain, EL Mozote, El Salvador and New York. Layers of oil paint and gesso were applied to these canvases to create timeworn surfaces with muted color and details of the past, embedded within the surface. This work was selected by Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, for the Art on the Plains IX Biennial (Juror; Hesse McGraw), Art Leadership Program for a solo exhibition, Floating to the Surface, at Gallery One|BMW of Minneapolis and Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida, for inclusion in Noveau 17. Bruni's artwork has appeared in many local and national publications including: Studio Visit volume seventeen, American Art Collector, Xanadu Gallery Artist Spotlight.
Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers along the Atlantic coast. She studied graphic design at Endicott College (Beverly, MA) and the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) and began her career as an Assistant Art Director in New York in the pre-digital age of publishing. She holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing. She is Exhibition Director at University of Minnesota's Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis, promoting integration of visual arts in community health initiatives, through three exhibitions per year. 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.
She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota.