As we count down to Paint Annapolis 2015, MFA will be featuring one – or two – artists of the day to let you learn more about the artists who are competing and exhibiting in Paint Annapolis.
Paint Annapolis 2015
Competition: June 8 – 12
Exhibition: June 13 – 21
Mr. Bruno Baran is a plein air painter, working mostly in the Baltimore area, as well as a Studio Art, Digital Multimedia teacher and Fine Arts Chair at the John Carroll School in Bel Air. As an active artist, he maintains his own studio and participates in plein air competitions and showcases around the region. His paintings showcase quick, broad brush strokes that capture the rapidly changing lights, colors, and tones of the outdoors. In addition to competing as far away as Wisconsin and painting on location from Harford County to Italy, Mr. Baran also shows his work at galleries across the Baltimore region. Currently, he has a work at Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore and is beginning to broaden his painting focus to include portraiture.
As his name suggests, Mr. Baran is of Italian descent. He grew up in Eastwood, a small town in the Dundalk area of Baltimore County, but his family is originally from Treviso, a town outside of Venice, Italy. His Italian Catholic family is close-knit, and he had strong influences in his childhood from his parents, aunts, uncles, and maternal grandparents. His neighborhood was of mixed ethnicity, home to Polish, Greek, and German immigrants, and was a “rough” place to spend a childhood. Mr. Baran was introduced to painting in the seventh grade at Holabird Junior High, under the tutelage of his teacher Mr. Theodore Brower. Mr. Brower not only taught the basics of art, but inspired Mr. Baran to follow painting as his career. While in junior high, Mr. Baran also made three close friends with whom he remains in touch to this day.
As Mr. Baran reached high school, he moved on to Patapsco Senior High (which would later become Patapsco School of the Arts). There, he came into contact with more teachers and mentors, who had a strong influence on his life, especially his instructors William Roth and James Grumbach. Roth and Grumbach not only taught Mr. Baran the essentials of drawing and painting, but inspired him to become a teacher and developed his humor and appreciation for tolerance. After graduating high school, Mr. Baran became the first in his family to attend college. His alma mater is the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude. At MICA, Baran met Raoul Middleman, whom he describes as the “…most influential of his instructors.” In addition to the influence of his teachers, Mr. Baran says he has been most influenced by the work and words of Leonardo da Vinci (“The Man”), and lives by many of the lessons Leonardo taught him to this day.