“For the past decade, I’ve relied on the inaccuracy of memory to create paintings where humor and poetry meet. Painting from memory helps me heighten the reality of simple details: a remembered face, bird, or leaf emerges on the canvas distorted and exaggerated. The result is a fantasy that is silly, romantic, and playful — in other words, exactly how my memory filters the world.

In my latest body of work, I create surrealist and expressive landscapes that combine the familiar and the foreign, in a style that exists between Tarsila do Amaral's nationalistic Brazilian aesthetic and Henri Rousseau's exotic invention. This artistic approach translates my own experience with the Brazilian landscape: one that flickers between the remembered and the imagined, that only the dream-like medium of painting can capture.”

Bruna Massadas (b. 1985 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) lives and works in Bozeman, Montana. She received a BFA from California State University, Fullerton and a MFA from California College of the Arts. Massadas first solo exhibition, The Face Painter, was at Guerrero Gallery in 2018. Recent exhibitions include CULT Bureau in Oakland, BOZOMAG in Los Angeles and The Pit in Los Angeles. Massadas works as an adjunct professor at Montana State University, Bozeman.