"Color, energy, emotion and movement are the foundation of my visual style and 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 paintings are inspired by form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, her canvases focus on perception of time and space, through the painting process. 


Bruni's Floating to the Surface series (Spirit paintings), began with memorial site visits to Gernika, Spain, El Mozote, El Salvador and New York, New York. Her abstract paintings were influenced by cultural histories and personal stories shared at these sites. Layers of oil pigment mixed with gesso and linseed oil were sanded to reveal color layers, like traces from the past, embedded in these canvases. The paintings were exhibited at Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (Art on the Plains IX Biennial, Juror Hesse MacGraw) and Gallery One|BMW of Minneapolis (Floating to the Surface, Solo Exhibition). Entering Paradise, one of several 54 x 48" canvases from this series, is in the permanent collection of Birch Cove Group Ltd., Minneapolis, Minnesota.  


Bruni's paintings are held in public and private collections throughout the United States including: Otto Bremer Foundation, HealthPartners NeuroScience Center, Birch Cove Group Ltd., Winslow Capital Management, PNC Bank, Hotel Minneapolis (Marriott), Datatrend Technologies, Weber Shandwick|Chicago. Her work has appeared in American Art Collector, Studio Visit, volume seventeen and The Painting Center Registry.


Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers along the Atlantic coast. She returns often to this original landscape in her painting process. She studied art and design at Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. She began her career in the arts working as a designer in New York in the pre-digital age of print media. After relocating to the Midwest region, Bruni established her studio in Minneapolis. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota, where she studied use of imagery in cross cultural, traditional healing practices. She is a teaching artist and gallery curator at University of Minnesota's Mill City Clinic, supporting local artists' contributions in community wellness initiatives, through three visual art exhibitions per year. Her studio is located in the historic Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a diverse creative community. She is represented by Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 



Photography: Doug Johnson