Fulvio Testa was born in Verona, Italy in 1947. He is the author and illustrator of the well-loved children’s books: The Endless Journey and A Long Trip to Z, as well as the Harvard Classics Edition of Elizabethan Drama. As an artist, his watercolors and paintings have been exhibited internationally in museums, libraries and galleries since 1976. These include such establishments as the Museum of Modern Art in California, Denise Cadé Gallery in New York, The Art Institute in Chicago, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University in Massachusetts and the Museso d’Arte Moderna in Italy. Testa’s works on paper have been the subject of essays by: art critic Karen Wilkin, The New York Times critic John Russell, and former National Endowment for the Arts Director, Dana Gioia. W.S. Piero’s poems accompanied his 2004 solo exhibition catalogue.
In his artwork, Fulvio Testa creates watercolor landscapes of the Italian countryside. The landscapes are vast and uninhabited. More impressions then realistic depictions, the landscapes seem distant. Consequently, the viewer is encourages to further approach the image and search for recognition. However, instead of affirming a specific place, the viewer is faced with the formal qualities comprising the image: dripping washes of color, and staccato lines. One realizes that it is not so much a particular landscape as it is a manifestation of the artist’s inner world. As the art writer Charles Martin said, “…these vast landscapes are simultaneously spaces within us.” Fulvio Testa creates images that hold both the exterior and internal realms and he invites the viewer to participate in both.
The artist presently divides his time between New York and Verona.