"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 through interaction of color, form and line. My paintings combine elements of landscape with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry."



American artist, DONNA BRUNI, is known for her abstract, atmospheric oil paintings on canvas. She uses broad, richly layered planes of color to create a sense of place within the canvas surface. Daily observation of light, air, water, wind, land, sky, seasons and life cycles are visual notes for her large-scale paintings. The compositions are based on form and flux of urban life and natural environments. Conceptually, the canvases focus on perception of time and space through the painting process.


Her work is widely exhibited and held in public and private collections in the United States and Italy. Her studio practice encompasses teaching and curatorial projects. Bruni is art curator at University of Minnesota's Mill City Clinic, collaborating with medical and artist communities to engage imagination, meaning, creativity and wonder in healing spaces, through the Art in the Healing Environment Exhibition Program.


She studied art and design at Endicott College and the School of Visual Arts in New York and received her BA from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing. She worked as an Art Director, freelance graphic designer and design business owner in the New York metropolitan area. She was a board member of Inspire Arts at Hennepin Medical Center in Minneapolis. 




Venice Waterways, oil on custom built canvas, 72H x 96W x 2D", Available at DF&A Gallery, Minneapolis, MN USA



Notable Exhibitions:


The Warehouse Show: Part 2, Paintings +, Douglas Flanders & Associates, DF&A Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2022


Donna Bruni, Recent Paintings, Summer Solstice, Solo Exhibition, Douglas Flanders & Associates Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


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 Ambassador's Exhibition, U.S. State Dept., San Salvador, El Salvador, 2020


Art in Embassies Ambassador's Exhibition, 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 Exhibition, M Health, Mill City Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2019 


Figuratively Speaking, Solo Exhibition, Tractorworks Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014


Floating to the Surface, Solo Exhibition, BMW Gallery One, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2014


Foot in the Door, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MIA, 2000, 2010, 2020


Art on the Plains Biennial IX, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, 2012