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.

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 My Pet Ram in New York, CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, and BOZOMAG in Los Angeles. Massadas works as an adjunct professor at Montana State University, Bozeman.