The work of Bruno Dunley questions the specificity of painting, particularly in relation to representation and materiality. His paintings depart from carefully constructed compositions, gradually undergoing corrections and alterations which, at times, reveal the lacunae in the apparent continuity of perception.Read More
Part of a new generation of Brazilian painters called 2008, Dunley begins both from found images as well as from the analysis of the nature of painting, in which language codes such as gesture, plane, surface, and representation are understood as an alphabet, a common ground. As stated by the artist 'I see my work as a series of questions and affirmations about the possibilities of painting, about its essence and our expectations of it.' In the work of Dunley, promises are made and consequently broken, testing the limits of the viewer's tension. Preconceived notions of painting and composition, in the work of the artist, are incessantly challenged in surprising ways.
Born in Petrópolis, RJ, Brazil, in 1984, Bruno Dunley lives and works in São Paulo, SP, Brazil. He holds a degree in FIne Arts from the Faculdade Santa Marcelina and Photography from the Centro Universitário SENAC, both in São Paulo, Brazil. Main solo exhibitions include: No meio, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); The Mirror, Galeria Nara Roesler, New York City, USA (2018); Ruído, Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); No lugar em que já estamos, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); e, Centro Universitário Maria Antonia (CEUMA), São Paulo, Brazil (2013); and Bruno Dunley, 11bis Project Space, Paris, France (2012). Main recent group exhibitions include: 33rd Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brasil (2018); 139 X NOTHING BUT GOOD, Park–platform for visual arts, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2018); 9999, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York City, USA (2017); and Projeto Piauí, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil, and Jacaranda, Villa Aymoré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, both in 2016. His works are in institutional collections such as: Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC USP), São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP), São Paulo, Brazil; and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; among others.
Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.