Other Stories

Paintings by Theresa DeSavio / Video

Friday, October 6th through Saturday, October 21th, 2017
OPEN: Friday, October 20th, 7 to 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 21st, 2 to 3:30 PM
or, by appointment.

Art-By-Night Friday October 6th, 6-10 pm / Parking?

Alexander/Heath Contemporary is pleased to announce
an exhibition of New Jersey painter and author Theresa DeSalvio.

Images from the Opening exhibition of “Other Stories” by Theresa DeSalvio at Alexander/Heath Contemporary, Friday, October 6th, 2017

Theresa DeSalvio Other Stories-at-Alexander-Heath


Theresa DeSalvio, born in New York City, is a painter who uses simplified space and bold color to create psychologically charged narrative paintings. Her paintings explore psychological and social issues that have included: addiction (heroin), survival (cancer), relationships and alienation, and social change (in China). Her most comprehensive body of work, Tales began as a series of paintings, then grew into the basis for her bilingual (English/Spanish) book and film (both of the same title) Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction. The film has been screened in numerous international film festivals.

Theresa DeSalvio holds a MFA from the City University of New York Hunter College and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, both in New York City.

DeSalvio lives and works in NJ. – Website – Website

Tales: A Cautionary Story About Heroin AddictionWebsite

The book and short film, by Theresa DeSalvio, both share a compelling story about the dangers of heroin addiction. DeSalvio created this book and film in response to a growing awareness of the heroin epidemic that is sweeping across our country. The author and artist utilizes the character of Pinocchio to tell this story – not the pleasant Disney version, but rather her own version inspired by the original and much-darker story told by Carlo Collodi – and shows how Pinocchio does not look at the consequences of his experiments with drugs.

The story aims to show that the addict may tell himself or herself that what they are doing only affects them, whereas nothing can be further from the truth. Addiction touches not only those that care about the addict but also the larger community.