Artist Statement“I’m interested in rapidly changing color and light leading to quick brush strokes creating an explosion of tone and hue allowing the eye to move within the painting.” according to Bruno. Seeking the elusive changes that happen over short periods of time within a landscape. A strong composition makes the completed painting whole and is as important as the color and light.
Bruno Baran is a painter and teacher of art for over 41 years practicing what he teaches with color, light and form utilizing strong compositions that make the viewer connect. Bruno Baran was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1954 to Louis and Rita Baran their second son who would go on to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduate cum laude in 1976, with a BFA in Art Education. He studied with Raoul Middleman, Dan Dudrow, and Joseph Sheppard among numerous other distinguished artists. Bruno would continue his education by attending Towson State University, and Maryland Institute College of Art as well as University of Maryland at Baltimore County earning over 60 credits beyond a Master Equivalency while teaching full time for Baltimore County Public Schools. Teaching at Perry Hall Elementary School for 11 years before becoming Department Chairman at Lansdowne High school. After 10 years at Lansdowne, Bruno finished his career teaching and becoming Magnet Leader as well as Chairman for a STEM Academy at Chesapeake High School. During his teaching career, Bruno continued to refine his painting working on a variety of paintings as well as doing a wide range of ceramic pieces. For several summers he took workshops at the Bennington College with Art New England studying with Wolf Kahn, Miroslav Antic and others. Bruno continued to paint and draw as often as possible until 2008 and he retired from Baltimore County Public Schools and start painting everyday. He became Fine Arts Chairman at The John Carroll School in 2011 and continues painting and drawing along with maintaining 2 studios one at The John Carroll School and his private one on his property in Nottingham Maryland. He has shown in several shows in the past 4 years including the Havre de Grace Plein Air painting competitions of 2009 and 2014. Showing in Chadds Ford and AnneMarie Gardens Gallery in Solomons Island in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Bruno Baran was elected as a board member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association in 2010. He is the Newsletter editor for the monthly MAPAPA Newsletter.