American artist, Donna Bruni, is known for her large scale, 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 become contextual elements for abstraction. The compositions are based on form and flux of urban and natural environments. The process involves applying oil pigment with palette knife, mixing color directly on canvas, building, scraping, lifting and brushing out areas to reveal or cover details and marks left beneath the surface. 



Donna's 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. She 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.



Donna studied art and design at Endicott College and the School of Visual Arts in New York with Milton Glaser. She was an Art Director, freelance graphic designer and business owner in the New York metropolitan area, before establishing her studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. She holds a B.A. from University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing.


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