photo credit: Alexandra Pais, NJ.com, The Star Ledger
Theresa DeSalvio is a visual artist whose images are rooted in everyday life, memory and the natural world. Her work has extended into making narrative videos using her painting images, photography, music and narration. In her paintings, book and short videos she has explored psychological and social issues that have included: relocation, heroin addiction, cancer survival and relationships.
DeSalvio’s film Visit to Thailand – Land Of Smiles won Best Travel Film at the Tagore International Film Festival in Bengal, India and Critics Choice in Documentary, Educational and Debut Filmmaker categories. Her film, Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction, has been a selection in numerous international film festivals, in addition to screenings in community settings.
DeSalvio’s recent solo exhibitions include: The Life and Times of The Blue Fairy, CJ Gallery Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, Rutgers University; Newark, NJ; and Other Stories, Alexander Heath Contemporary, Roanoke, VA. Her work was part of the eight-artist exhibition, Art & Healing: expressions of trauma and gratitude, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ. She is a member of the WAH Salon, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, NY, since 2016.
In 2019, DeSalvio moved to the Hudson Valley, NY where nature plays a larger part in her day-to-day life.
DeSalvio holds a MFA from CUNY Hunter College (1982) and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (1976).