(b. 1985) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lives and works in Bozeman, Montana
Bruna Massadas makes fantastical and lush nature paintings with glowing plants, precious rocks, and mythological creatures. When creating these landscapes, Massadas borrows elements from places she has lived. The fat belly of a robin in the spring in Montana, the foggy sky meeting the bay in San Francisco, and the rainbow-colored beak of a toucan in Rio de Janeiro all have been used as inspiration for her paintings. However, it is nostalgia for the tropical landscape that inspires her the most. Massadas, who was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, hasn't been to Brazil for almost a decade. These paintings materialize the landscape that lives in her mind, that is both familiar and foreign, real and imaginary, and vibrant like a recurring dream.
Recent solo exhibitions include "Not Like in the Movies" at the Nook Gallery in Oakland and “The Face Painter” at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include Gallery 16 in San Francisco, Track 16 in Los Angeles, and The Pit in Los Angeles. Massadas has been an active member of Bay Area’s art collective CTRL+SHFT and the Los Angeles-based The Binder of Women. She received an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts.