"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, (b. Fort Dix, New Jersey), 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. Inspired 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 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, brushing out areas to reveal detail beneath the surface.
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. She began her career in the arts working as a graphic designer in New York. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Teaching Assistant in the painting studio. Her 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 created 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, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Notable Exhibitions include:
Ensemble: Together Again, The Painting Center, New York, New York (2020)
Visual Poetry, Donna Bruni, Juan Carlos Collada, Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida (2020)
Art in Embassies, U.S. State Dept., Ambassador's Exhibition, San Salvador, El Salvador (2020)
Art in Embassies, U.S. State Department, Ambassador's Exhibition, Riga, Latvia (2020)
Abstraction in Minneapolis, Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2015)
Beyond Water and Sky, SOLO, UMN Health, Mill City Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2019-2020)
Figuratively Speaking, SOLO, Tractorworks Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2014)
Floating to the Surface, SOLO, BMW Gallery One, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2014)
Art on the Plains Biennial IX, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (2012)
Women Imaging History, Women's Resources of Minnesota, Hennepin History Museum (2007)
Mentors & Proteges, Bruni, Borggreave, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Minnesota (2005)
Photography: Natalie Jennings Photography, Minneapolis