"I'm interested in places we are drawn to in our lives and stories that


belong to these places. They are reference points for me at various stages


of the painting process, influencing color, composition, movement and form. 


My paintings blend elements of landscape with abstraction as a means


to create visual poetry." 



American painter, Donna Bruni, lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is known for creating atmospheric paintings with broad, richly layered planes of color. Her compositions are based on form and flux of natural and urban environments. Influenced by beauty and mystique of coastal regions and diverse landscape memory, her work investigates sense of place, ideology of home and geography of identity. Daily observation of light, air, water, wind, earth, sky, seasons and life cycles become contextual elements for her meditative works on canvas. The process involves applying and mixing oil pigment directly on large canvases with a palette knife, building depth in layers, then scraping, lifting or brushing out areas to reveal detail beneath the surface.


Born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers along the Atlantic coast with her family. She studied art and design at Endicott College, Beverly, MA and the School of Visual Arts, NY, NY and began a career in graphic design in New York. She received her BA degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was a teaching assistant in the painting studio. Her directed research focused on visual art practice and use of imagery in cross-cultural, traditional healing systems. Bruni is exhibtion curator at UM Physicians, Mill City Clinic gallery in Minneapolis, showcasing diverse 2-D and 3-D artwork by Minnesota artists in several gallery exhibitions each year. 


Paintings by Donna Bruni are held in private and public collections throughout the United States. She is represented by Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida and DF&A Gallery, Edina and Minneapolis, Minnesota


Notable Group and Solo exhibitions include:


Ensemble: Together Again, The Painting Center, New York, New York

Visual Poetry, Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida

Art in Embassies, U.S. State Dept., San Salvador, El Salvador

Art in Embassies, U.S. State Department, Riga, Latvia

Abstraction in Minneapolis, Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beyond Water and Sky, University of Minnesota, Mill City Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Art on the Plains Biennial IX, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota

Women Imaging History, Women's Resources of Minnesota, Hennepin History Museum

Mentors & Proteges, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Minnesota

Figuratively Speaking, Tractorworks Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota  



Photography: Jennings Photography, Minneapolis