Theresa DeSalvio is a painter, author and filmmaker, who uses simplified space and bold color to create emotionally charged narrative paintings. Her paintings encompass imagery based on childhood memories, everyday experience, and travel. DeSalvio has explored psychological and social issues in her work that have included addiction (heroin), survival (cancer), and social interactions. In addition to making paintings, DeSalvio has been making videos that extend the narrative of her work. Her film "Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction" interweaves thirty-two of her allegorical paintings about a by who becomes addicted to heroin, with statistical information about addiction. This film has screened in numerous international film festivals, as well as screenings for community groups. "Visit to Thailand: Land of Smiles" is a travelogue of her recent visit to Thailand, incorporating cultural information, painted images, and photography of Thailand.
Theresa DeSalvio holds a MFA from City University of New York Hunter College and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, both in New York City.
DeSalvio currently lives and works in New Jersey.
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