In Bruna Massadas's new body of work, the natural world bends to fantasy and memory. While her plants and wildlife draw visual inspiration from her home country of Brazil, Massadas has now lived away from "home" for more than half her life. These paintings represent the vivid remains of that fading world, a landscape between the remembered and the imagined, that combines the foreign with the intimate: each leaf, rock, and horizon exists in a middle ground between Tarsila do Amaral's nationalistic Brazilian form and Henri Rousseau's exotic invention. But across every painting, Massadas is most at home within the playful interaction of color, composition, and form.
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 Gallery 16 in San Francisco, BOZOMAG in Los Angeles and Track 16 in Los Angeles. Massadas works as an adjunct professor at Montana State University, Bozeman.