Bruno Dunley Biography

Bruno Dunley was born in Petrópolis, Brazil, and lives and works in São Paulo. His work questions the pictorial premise of painting, in particular, the relations between representation and an individual and collective consciousness. Departing from either found or fictional images, his paintings start as carefully constructed compositions, slowly suffering erasure which, at times, reveal gaps in the apparent continuity of perception. Part of a new generation of Brazilian painters named 2000&8, his work departs from photographs but removes their indexical quality, focusing more on volume and the play of colors in proximity to each other in order to create figures through layers of effacement. The predominance of this minimalist visual language lends a meditative quality to some of his paintings in which, very often, a single color dominates the whole plane.

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"What I paint are approximations, poetic figures, which speak to the uncertainty and the doubt that I think are part of my poetry, I see my work as a series of questions and statements about the possibilities of painting, what it is, and what we expect from it." In his works, promises are constructed and consequently broken, taking the viewer into a game of tension where both work and viewer constantly test each others limits. Preconceived notions of painting and composition are incessantly challenged in surprising ways. 

Recent exhibitions include the solo Bruno Dunley, at 11 Bis, Paris (2012); as well as the group shows Os primeiros 10 anos, at Instituto Tomie Ohtake and Assim é se lhe parece, at Paço das Artes (both in São Paulo, 2011); and Paralela 2010, at Liceu de Artes e Ofícios de São Paulo (2010).

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Lawn by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Bruno Dunley Lawn, 2022 Oil paint on canvas
140 x 110 cm
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Nuvem VIII by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley Nuvem VIII, 2022 Conté crayons on paper
29.7 x 21 cm
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A nuvem by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley A nuvem, 2022 Oil paint on canvas
200 x 250.5 x 4 cm
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Terra deu, Terra come by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley Terra deu, Terra come, 2020/2021 Oil paint on canvas
200 x 250 cm
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The by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley The, 2017 acrylic and oil on canvas
70.5 x 56 cm
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Édipo by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley Édipo, 2017 oil on canvas
26 x 20 cm
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Sisifo IV by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley Sisifo IV, 2016 oil on canvas on wood
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Untitled by Bruno Dunley contemporary artwork painting
Bruno Dunley Untitled, 2015 Oil on paper
58 x 42 cm
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