"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 creating abstract, atmospheric oil paintings on canvas. She uses broad, richly layered planes of color to create a sense of place within the canvas surface. Her paintings reflect temporal elements in our environment — weather, seasons, air, water, sky, land, light. The compositions are based on form and flux of spaces we inhabit. Conceptually, the canvases focus on perception of time, movement, transitions, edges and boundaries through the painting process.


Her work is widely exhibited and held in public and private collections in the United States and Italy. Donna's studio practice encompasses teaching and curatorial projects. As art curator at M Health Mill City Clinic Gallery, she collaborates with medical and artist communities to engage imagination, meaning, creativity and wonder in community clinics, through the Art in the Healing Environment Exhibition Program.


Donna studied art and graphic design at Endicott College in Massachusetts and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing. She has 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 and is a volunteer at Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.  




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



Untitled, work in progress, oil on custom built canvas, 48"H x 102"W x 1.5"D, at Studio 106, Northeast Arts District, Minneapolis, MN USA



Notable Exhibitions:


Celebrating 50 Years, Douglas Flanders & Associates, DF&A Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2022


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 


Mentors & Proteges, Two Artists, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Minnesota, 2015


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


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


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


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