Bruno Bruni:
Sculpture "Owl", bronze
Bruno Bruni:
Sculpture "Owl", bronze

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limited, 240 copies | numbered | signed | bronze | patinated | polished | height 30 cm | width 12 cm | depth 14 cm | weight approx. 3.8 kg

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Sculpture "Owl", bronze
Bruno Bruni: Sculpture "Owl", bronze


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Sculpture "Owl", bronze

The owl has been a symbol of wisdom since ancient times. And that is why numerous artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso have depicted the owl in their paintings and sculptures. Even in Bruno Bruni's graphic work, there is this nocturnal bird. And now Bruni has transformed it into the third dimension.

His sculpture shows us the characteristic features of the feathered hunter: the slender body, the alert eyes in the large feather sockets and the fangs on display. The textured surface gives us the impression of tangible materiality: it seems as if you can feel the plumage. The patination in golden brown bronze with shiny accents gives the owl plasticity and liveliness.

Sculpture in bronze, patinated, partially polished, cast using the Lost-Wax-Process. Limited edition of 240 copies, numbered and signed. Height 30 cm. Width 12 cm. Depth 14 cm. Weight approx. 3.8 kg.

Artist Bruno Bruni in action

About Bruno Bruni

Born in 1935, Italian painter, graphic artist, and sculptor

"Art must be for everyone."

Truly a life devoted to art: Bruno Bruni, an internationally celebrated and successful painter, graphic artist, and sculptor, has been working as a freelance artist for more than six decades, creating a broad and extensive oeuvre that inspires collectors and art lovers worldwide.

Without being committed to any particular school, he developed an individual style early on, based on figurative elements, such as those reminiscent of the Renaissance and Mannerism but also revealing other influences, such as those of Surrealism. Bruni's depictions often radiate a beguiling beauty and grace, which he skilfully contrasts with elements like missing faces. His choice of motifs is also impressive, with its very diverse subjects. On one hand, there are his classics, which he repeatedly varies and combines, such as sensual female nudes, the trench coat, or the amaryllis. On the other hand, he also creates thoughtful moments with motifs such as the Warsaw Ghetto, Sophie Scholl, Anne Frank, Rosa Luxemburg, or Che Guevara.

Colour lithography, in particular, allows Bruni a high degree of spontaneity and freedom during the process of creation. His slender female nudes, still lifes and delicate floral motifs take on an erotic charm through their graphic expression. His flower still lifes are reminiscent of Albrecht Dürer's graphic studies of nature. However, Bruni is not just concerned with the detailed reproduction of the motif but with the sensual radiance of the floral objects. Typically for his drawings, the dominant element is the line, which seems to be in constant flow and balance. The motif is defined by the beautifully curved serpentine line. The little-structured internal form invites the viewer to intensively follow the contour.

Bruno Bruni was born in 1935 in Gradara, Italy, and grew up in poor living conditions. Already as a child, Bruni started painting and in 1953, he began studying at the Istituto d'Arte di Pesaro. In 1960, he transferred to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, where he was accepted without any entrance examination and studied under the painter and graphic artist Georg Gresko, later under Paul Wunderlich. In 1965, Bruni left the university – without graduating. But he was already able to sell his first paintings and received a scholarship from the Lichtwark Prize of the City of Hamburg in 1967. In 1968, in protest against the mechanisms of the art market, he co-founded the cooperative "CO-OP" with other artists, and a little later, he achieved the breakthrough he deserved. Yet despite all his success, Bruni was then as he is now, an authentic artist who neither allows himself to be taken over by the art business nor follows trends. He has also never identified with the elitist pretensions of the art scene. "Art has to be for everyone," he says, and not just for rich people.

Since he began exhibiting, Bruni has presented his works in numerous art houses, including London, Rome, Munich, Milan, Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York, Zurich, and St. Petersburg. In 1977, he was awarded the renowned "International Senefeld Award" for his lithographs, and in 2003, he received a very special honour for his services to contemporary art - the title "Official Knight of the Republic of Italy". In 2014, Bruni received an honorary doctorate from the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan.