My work reflects temporal elements in our environment — weather, seasons, air, water, sky, land, light. 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. My paintings blend elements of nature with abstraction as a means to create visiual 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. Conceptually, her canvases focus on perception of time and space, looking at transitions, boundaries, edges and sense of place through the painting process.
Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers on Cape Cod and New Jersey beaches. She studied graphic design at Endicott College (Beverly, MA) and the School of Visual Arts (NY, NY) and received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Bruni began her career in the arts as a graphic designer in New York City in the pre-digital age of print advertising and publishing.
Bruni's oil paintings are held in private and public collections throughout the United States, including: Hotel Ivy, Otto Bremer Foundation, PNC Bank, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota, HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, Birch Cove Group Ltd. and Winslow Capitol Management. She is represented by Douglas Flanders and Associates, MInneapolis, Minnesota and Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida.
Her work has appeared in American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Vol. 17, American Artist, The Painting Center Registry, Art in the Embassies and many local publications. She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.