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"BRUNI in her Studio on 5-19-05


About BRUNI:

           “Painter Bruni Sablan's the sort of woman round whom writers build books. Born in Brazil of Sicilian decent, she carries an aura that recalls those Miles Davis sessions with Gil Evans - bright, brooding, whimsical, grave. All at once. Illusory opposites transcended.”

 — John Detro, Poet and Monterey Peninsula Jazz Columnist


          “If Jazz had a soul, and one could see it, it would look like a BRUNI Sablan painting. And, like Jazz itself, BRUNI is all radiance and joy one moment...Sorrowfully living the blues the next. Improvising…But in harmony with herself, her Art.”

 — Nora Villagran, Entertainment Writer for the San Jose Mercury News


        “Darkly beautiful, dressing only in black, sensual, direct to a fault...She’s a woman who melted the legendary coolness of Miles Davis. He stopped his limousine for her, looked approvingly at a sketch of himself, and signed it.”

 — Leslie Vestrich, Art Critic for the Saratoga News Magazine



“Their physical likeness comes through, their soul comes through, and BRUNI’s soul comes through”
...McCoy Tyner, Pianist

Bruni Sablan is the originator of the legendary “Jazz Masters Series by BRUNI”. This explosive and emotional body of work now numbers over 1,100 original canvases of Jazz greats.

Regarded by many as “The greatest living portrait painter”, this highly acclaimed Artist has paintings in the permanent
collections of these Museums:


-The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

-Universal Studios: The Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame Museum in Orlando, Florida

-Kansas City Jazz Museum: 18th & Vine Authority in Kansas City, Missouri

-The Putnam Museum – Bix Beiderbecke Hall in Davenport, Iowa

-The Los Gatos Historical Museum  in Los Gatos, California



Extensive studies in Dramatic Art with Frank Centola, one of the five originators of the legendary "Group Theatre" of New York

Figure drawing and painting studies at Villa Montalvo and the University of Mexico

Private color studies with Grumbacher Color Award winner Michael Linstrom

20 years of owning and running her own Gallery, privately conducting intensive life drawing classes with live models. Teaching and leading workshops and lectures throughout the Bay Area


BRUNI’s work has recently entered the “Collectors Market”, after an exhibit in New York City, which also included Franz Kline, Jean Dufy, and Miles Davis, as part of The Definitive Jazz Auction. Her work has been published worldwide in many forms: Lithographs, CD covers, Feature magazine articles, posters and more. As a testament to her profound ability to “Capture the essence; that which is intangible”, many of the greatest Musicians in history are fans and collectors: the late Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Roberta Flack, Jazz critic Leonard Feather, and numerous others.

You can view BRUNI’s work daily at her own BRUNI Gallery in Northern California:

BRUNI Gallery

1171 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125





Jazz Heritage Center, San Francisco, CA - 7 Paintings Exhibited, July 2008, On-going - “Tribute to Miles Davis & Carlos Santana

Jazz on The Plazz, Los Gatos, CA - 10 Paintings Exhibited, July 2007

Los Gatos Rotary Fundraiser at WOZLAND, Los Gatos, CA - 26 Paintings Exhibited, July 2007

Mover of Mountains, Dr. Mt Luther King Jr Association, San Jose, CA - 10  Paintings  Exhibited, January, 2007

Art21 Gallery, Palo Alto, CA - 15 Paintings  and 7 Reproductions Exhibited, December 2006

CHAMPS Foundation, Crown Plaza Resort, Burlingame, CA - 12 Paintings and 5 Reproductions Exhibited, November2006

The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA - 35 Paintings Exhibited on 40 foot monitors “A Tribute to Jobim”, August 2005

Savvy Cellar, Redwood City, CA - 21 Paintings and Prints Exhibited , January - December 2006

The Definitive Jazz Show & Auction at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY  –  13 paintings Exhibited and auctioned through Guernsey's Auctioneers, February 2005

San Jose Ballet Fundraiser, Palo Alto, CA  –  30 paintings Exhibited, August 2004

Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA –  40 paintings and Archival prints exhibited, August 2004

Peter Max Gallery, Santana Row, San Jose, CA –  30 paintings Exhibited, August 2003

Borders Books, Santana Row, San Jose – On-going exhibit of Lithographs and Prints, July 2003 – Present

Camera 7 Cinemas, Campbell, CA – On-going slide exhibit of 30 paintings on 3 screens, August 2002

Stoddards Brewery, Campbell, CA – On-going exhibit of 32 paintings and lithographs, March 2002

San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Francisco, CA – 11 Lithographs displayed, September 2001

San Jose Country Club, San Jose, CA – “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra”, 10 paintings exhibited, May 2001

Kimballs East Jazz Club, Oakland, CA – On-going exhibit of 26 paintings and lithographs, March 2001

San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose, CA – “A Tribute to Clifford Brown”, 20 paintings displayed, September 16 – October 15, 2000

Barnes & Noble Books, Campbell, CA – 11 lithographs displayed, November 1999 - March 2000

Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA – 35 paintings displayed during the San Jose Jazz Festival, August 1999

Fairfax Jazz Festival, Fairfax, CA - "A Tribute to Chet Baker", 11 paintings exhibited, June 1999

Borders Books, Palo Alto, CA –20 paintings exhibited, March – May 1999

San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, CA - "Tribute to Duke Ellington" with The San Jose Symphony, 15 paintings exhibited, January 1999

Borders Books, Los Gatos, CA – 15 paintings exhibited, March - May 1998

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, Los Gatos, CA - "A Tribute to Sinatra," December 1998

Mable's Lantern House, Los Gatos, CA - 16 Abstract Still-life paintings exhibited - January 1999 - October 1999

 Quantum Corporation, Milpitas, CA – 15 paintings exhibited, January - June 1997

Steamers Grillhouse, Los Gatos, CA – 8 paintings exhibited, January 1997 – January 1998

Lion & Compass Restaurant, Sunnyvale, CA – 30 paintings exhibited, June - December 1996

Mr. E’s Jazz Club (Pete Escovedo), Berkeley, CA – May 1996 – January 1999

Camera One & Camera Three Cinemas, San Jose, CA – On-going slideshow

Los Gatos Theatre, Los Gatos, – Ongoing slideshow

Jazz at Pearl’s, San Francisco, CA – On-going exhibit

Wild About Music, Austin, Texas – On-going exhibit

3COM Corporation, Santa Clara, CA – 8 paintings exhibited, March 4 - June 4 1996

Yoshi’s Nitespot, Oakland, CA – 15 paintings on display from November 1991 – March 1997

Vallejo Shoreline Jazz Festival, Vallejo, CA – 25 paintings exhibited, September 1995

Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA – 27 paintings exhibited, August - September 1995

The Jazz Shore, Carmel, CA – 12 paintings exhibited, January 1995

The Phoenix Jazz Club, San Jose, CA – 5 paintings exhibited, September - December 1994

College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA – "Tribute to Pat Henry" 15 paintings exhibited, June 1994

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, Los Gatos, CA – 25 paintings exhibited, August 1994

Sunbird Gallery, Los Altos, CA - 25 paintings exhibited, July - October 1994

Willow Glen Coffee Roasting Company, Willow Glen, CA – 10 paintings exhibited, March - May 1994

Dodge - LaRue Gallery, Carmel, CA - 20 paintings exhibited, December 1993 - June 1994

Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA – 90 paintings exhibited, September 1993

Redwood Jazz Festival, Ukiah, CA – 20 paintings exhibited, July 1993

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA – 4 paintings exhibited, April - December 1993

Club Jazz, San Jose, CA – 15 paintings exhibited, March 1992 - February 1993

Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA – "A Tribute to the Jazz Divas" August 1992

The Tollhouse Hotel, Los Gatos, CA - 10 paintings exhibited, February 1992 - July 1992

Hidden Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA – "Stan Getz Tribute" July 1991

Paul Masson Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA - "Tribute to Miles Davis, 10 paintings exhibited, June 1989

Dunfey Hotel, San Mateo, CA – 60 paintings exhibited, "A Tribute to Al Jazzbeaux Collins" KCSM-FM/TV

Paul Masson Museum, Cannery Row, CA – Entire collection shown, April 1989

The Garden Cafe Gallery, Burlingame, CA – 50 paintings exhibited, Benefit for Stanford Children’s Hospital, 1988

Paul Masson Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA – Benefit for San Jose Jazz Society, 1988

Beau’s Annex Jazz Club, San Jose, CA – 1987

The Garden City, San Jose, CA – 1986

Kimball’s West Jazz Club, San Francisco, CA –  1985




7/06 “Ear Thyme”  Live Radio Interview with Doug Edwards, KPFA FM, Berkeley,CA

7/02 “Barry Gaston Show”  Radio interview on KMUW, Witchita, KS

1/01 "KTEH Public TV"  Annual art auction

1/00 "KTEH Public TV"  Annual art auction

7/98 "Nightline" Bay TV   Live interview and painting display

12/96 "CNN Southbay"  Smithsonian acquisition announcement

11/96 "ABC News"  Interview and showing of paintings

6/96 " KSJS Live"  Live Radio interview with Kevin Ariente, KSJS-FM 90.5, San Jose, CA

7/95 "Art Scene"  Live radio interview with Paul Rickey, KKUP-FM 91.5, Cupertino, CA

10/93 "People"  Live radio interview with Claire Mack, KCSM-FM (91) San Mateo, CA

3/92 "Tee Carson Show"  Live radio interview on KCSM-FM (91) San Mateo, CA

10/91 "Arts Break"   Interview and show of paintings, Bravo cable television network, NY and National

10/91 "Ear Thyme"    Live radio interview with Doug Edwards, KPFA,FM, Berkeley, CA

8/3/91--8/10/91 "Ear Thyme"   Part One and Part Two of taped radio interview with Doug Edwards

5/91 "Jazz Line Gallery"   Television show of the Jazz Masters Series

3/90 and 8/90 "People"    Live radio interview with Claire Mack, KCSM-FM 91, San Mateo, CA

1/90 "Eye on the Arts"    Interview with Mike Gibson and Suzanne Taylor, TV Channel 6, KCAT, Los Gatos, CA

5/89 "Doodlin"    Live radio interview with Pete Fallico, KUSP-FM (89), Cupertino, CA



9/08     MILES on MILES, Book Cover

6/07     Women of the Harlem Renaissance, Textbook Illustration

2/07     JAZZPORT, Czech Republic, Feature Interview

8/06     WMuhler - Brazil, “Entrevista Com: BRUNI Sablan”, Feature Interview

8/05     Oxford American Magazine,  “Any Woman’s Blues”, Bessie Smith Tribute

7/05     Quad City Times,  “Bix Beiderbecke: Hanging a Masterpiece”,  Feature Article

5/05     SOUL Magazine,  “BRUNI”,  Feature Article

4/04     Santa Clara Valley Life Magazine,  “Conjuring Up Musicians, Past & Present”,  Feature Article

2/04     JAZZIZ Magazine,  “Meeting Miles”, Editorial Illustration

12/03   On The Tracks, Bob Dylan Magazine, Feature Illustration

12/03   JAZZIZ Magazine, “Prelude” Tribute to Frank Sinatra

9/03     Campbell Reporter, “City Beat” Feature Article

8/03     Planet Jazz Magazine, Cover, “Chick Corea”, feature article

4/03     Jazziz Magazine, Cover, “Dave Holland/Bass Issue”, International

1/03     Planet Jazz Magazine, Cover, Ray Brown Tribute

7/02     Jazziz Magazine, “Endless Miles”, 12 page feature – Cover story, International

7/02     Jazz Steps Magazine, Cover, “Tribute to Ray Brown”

10/01   Planet Jazz Magazine, Cover, Billie Holiday

7/01     Jazziz Magazine “Tribute to Billy Higgins”

6/01     Music in the Other Park, San Jose Poster and all advertisements

6/00     Music in the Other Park, San Jose Poster and all advertisements

1/00     Downbeat, "Tribute to Milt Jackson"

9/99     Campbell Times, Cover Article

6/99     Music in the Other Park, San Jose Poster and all advertisements

5/99     Campbell Express,  Feature Article

3/99     Campbell Reporter, Cover Feature Article

12/98   Los Gatos Weekly Times, "Sinatra Lives On"

8/98     Music in the Plaza, Los Gatos Poster and all advertisements

6/98     Music in the Other Park, San Jose Poster and all advertisements

1/98     Daniel Smith Magazine, "In My Studio" Feature Article, Nationwide

8/97     Music in the Plaza, Los Gatos Poster and all advertisements

6/97     "Live" Magazine, "Miles & Bruni"

9/96     Downbeat, "Ella-A Special Tribute"

1/96     Jazziz Magazine, "Iconoclast: The Art of Bruni" Feature article, International

1/96     San Jose Mercury News, West Extra,  "Jazz Portraits Bring Brush With Greatness" Feature “Smithsonian” Article

1/96     Los Gatos Weekly Times, "Smithsonian Bound"

4/95     Jazziz Magazine, "A Tribute to Carmen McRae"

9/93     Carmel Pine Cone, "Jazz Times" by John Detro

6/93     Los Gatos Weekly Times, Cover Article "Musical Strokes"

10/92   Monterey Peninsula Review, "Night Birds"

8/92     California Jazz Now, Cover and Feature Article by Josh Moscov

8/92     Metro News,  Cover  "Betty Carter"

4/92     ALL Magazine, National Japanese Publication, Color cover and Feature Article

11/91   California Jazz Now, "A Farewell to Miles"

10/91   California Jazz Now, Cover and Feature Article by John Detro

8/91     Legenda Magazine, Sao Paulo, Brazil Feature Article

7/91     The Monterey Peninsula Review, Cover, Portrait of Stan Getz

6/91     Los Gatos Weekly Times, "Bruni Sablan Celebrates 11 Years in Old Town"

4/91     Los Gatos Weekly Times, "Local Artist’s Work Chosen for Jazz Record Covers"

11/90   Down Beat Magazine, "Potpourri"

11/90   Jazz Times, "West Coast News"

9/90     Art Around the Bay, "Old Town Gallery"

7/90     Peninsula Magazine, "Inside and Out"

7/90     Review Magazine,   "Honoring Emily"

7/90     The Monterey Peninsula Review, "Jazz Tides" by John Detro

6/90     Paul Masson Summer Magazine, "Rainbow Miles"

5/90     Los Gatos Weekly,  "Bullet Pierces Painting"

9/89     Pacific Bay Monthly, "The Philosophy of Bop"

8/89     Saratoga Magazine, "BRUNI "

6/89     San Jose Mercury News-Arts & Books, "The Color of Cool"

4/89     Metro News,    Color Cover "Dizzy Painter"

4/89     Carmel Pine Cone,   "Illusory Opposites Transcended"

12/88   Los Gatos Weekly,    "Her Paintings Revel in the Wild, Strong"

12/88   Los Gatos Times-Observer,   "Painter Captures Energy Behind the Jazz"

11/88   Bay Options,  "Artist Commits Music to Canvas"

7/88     San Jose Mercury News - Arts & Books, "What They’re Reading"

3/88     Los Gatos Weekly,  "Eight to Watch in ‘88"



Concord Records – Ray Charles & Count Basie “Ray Sings, Basie Swings”, Double LP, Worldwide Release

Hindsite Records – Dizzy Gillespie “A Night in Tunesia”, CD, Worldwide Release

Hindsite Records – Dizzy Gillespie “Cool Breeze”, CD, Worldwide Release

Concord Records – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers “Keystone 3”, Double LP, Worldwide Release

EMI Jazz Records – Al Green  “The Absolute Best”, Greatest Hits, Double CD, Worldwide Release

TNC Jazz Records – Wayne de Silva, “First Morning”

Concord Records – Maynard Ferguson & Diane Schuur “Swingin’ for Schuur”, Released worldwide

Arkadia Records – NY Various Artists "Thank You Joe",  Tribute to Joe Henderson, CD Released Worldwide

Arkadia Records – NY Various Artists "Thank You Duke", Tribute to Duke Ellington, CD Released Worldwide

Polygram Records – NY Erroll Garner "Too Marvelous for Words", CD and Cassette, Released in the U.S., Japan, Australia and Europe, June 1990

Concord Records –  Emily Remler "Retrospective – Volume I: Standards", CD and Cassette, Released worldwide

Concord Records –  Emily Remler "Retrospective – Volume II: Compositions", CD and Cassette, Released worlwide

Shanna Carlson –  "Swing High, Swing Low", Bay Area Release, 1989




John Lee Hooker, Musician

Carlos Santana, Musician

Joe Williams, Musician

T.S. Monk, Musician

Dizzy Gillespie, Englewood, New Jersey, Jazz Musician

Diane Schuur, Singer/Pianist

Chan Parker, Paris, France, Writer, widow of Charlie Parker

Leonard Feather, Jazz critic

Roberta Flack, New York City, Singer

Sylvia Browne, World Renowned Psychic

Dorothy Donegan, Jazz Musician

Smokey Robinson, Musician

Shirley Horn, Musician

Matt Levine, Director of Marketing, San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey team

Keena Turner, former San Francisco 49er

Billye Erickson, Steinway Society, Board of Directors

Kim Parker, Vocalist

Carol Baker, widow of Chet Baker

Garden City, Nightclub and Casino

Virginia Capers, Los Angeles, Broadway Actress, Tony Award winner

Leigh Weimers, San Jose Mercury News Columnist

Willie T. Ribbs, Professional Race Car Driver

Kimball's East, Nightclub

Bob Reiger, Founder /CEO of Netcom Inc

Larry Gerston, NBC Political Analyst


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BRUNI Gallery
1171 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 298-4700
Fax (408) 298-7903