As a contemporary painter with deep roots in landscape, my work is influenced by sense of place, memory, stories and images collected through time. Color, energy and emotion are the foundation of my visual style and approach to painting. I love the fluid materiality of oil paint and the process of transforming flat surfaces into multi-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. The compositions are based on shifting light patterns, seasons, cycles, sky, water, land, air, as observed daily. Conceptually, her canvases focus on perception of time and space through the painting process. Travel to coastal areas in North America, Central America and Europe provide a contextual ground for abstraction in many of her paintings.
Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers on the Atlantic coast. She studied art and design at Endicott College (Beverly, MA), and the School of Visual Arts (New York, New York), She worked as a freelance graphic designer in advertising and publishing in New York (1975-1980). Bruni received her B.A from the University of Minnesota (2007), where she studied use of creativity in cross-cultural healing traditions and was a teaching assistant in Advanced Painting classes. She is Exhibition curator at University of Minnesota, Mill City Clinic Gallery, Minneapolis.
Bruni's oil paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows in regional galleries, art centers and universities. Her paintings are held in private and public collections throughout the United States. She is represented by Douglas Flanders and Associates Gallery, MInneapolis, Minnesota USA and Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida USA.
Her work has appeared in American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Vol. 17, American Artist, Florida Design, The Painting Center Registry, Art in the Embassies and many local publications.
She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.