|Born||Tullio Francesco DeSantis
1948 (age 65–66)
|Education||San Francisco Art Institute|
|Known for||Visual Art, Writing, Technology|
Tullio Francesco DeSantis (born 1948), also known as Tullio, is an American contemporary artist, writer, technologist, and teacher. His work is informed by ancient and contemporary philosophy, science, and the relationship between art and life.
Tullio DeSantis began his career as a conceptual artist/writer by creating his regular column titled MINDSTREAM, which appeared in the underground press periodical, The Rip Off Review of Western Culture. The Publisher of this magazine was the Rip Off Press located in San Francisco in the early 1970s. In 1975 he entered the San Francisco Art Institute, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 1977.
Tullio’s career as an exhibiting artist began before his graduation and continued in San Francisco through 1979, after which he moved back to the East Coast. During his years in San Francisco, DeSantis’ artwork was exhibited by ADI Galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo, Japan. A work on paper by Tullio from this period was exhibited in Paper as Medium a series of national tours by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. His work from that time is represented in both public and private collections.
DeSantis moved back to the East Coast and took up dual residencies in Reading, PA and New York City, where he maintained a studio in Chelsea. In New York his work was exhibited at the Katherine Markel and Getler Pall galleries. Also in 1980, his work was exhibited by the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Lending Service in a traveling exhibition titled Maps.
In 1981 DeSantis began exhibiting his work in the Reading and Berks County Area. Among the local and regional exhibitions of note are the shows titled Local Color and Paper Pieces at the Freedman Gallery of Albright College. During the 1980s his work was represented by Marion Locks Gallery in Philadelphia.
In 1982, DeSantis was co-producer of the large-scale multimedia exhibit at the Reading Public Museum titled Mushroom Magic. DeSantis's work from that exhibit included a series of color photographs and artifacts documenting the process of growing mushrooms for the commercial market, artworks on paper and a large acrylic-and-sand painting.
DeSantis mounted his first one-person show in New York City, titled New Worlds at the TRADITION 3000 gallery in 1988.
The artist’s exhibits from the 1990s include 1992’s his Reading Lies part IV: ACROSS THE YOU-NIVERSE, a multi-media installation and performance piece hosted by the Freedman Gallery of Albright College. This was followed another gallery-size multimedia installation, DeSantis’ one-person show at the New Arts Program gallery in Kutztown, PA, titled The Missing Link.
Tullio's gallery-size installation work was continuously on view at the artist’s studio from 1995 to 2004. This magical-realist environment contained, among many interactive components, miniature reconstructed and painted electric trains, papier-mâché landscapes, and a multicolor and infrared light show recreating scenes seen during morning, afternoon, sunset, and night. The long-running work-in-progress was titled The Project and was a tribute to both DeSantis’ friend and collaborator, Keith Haring and DeSantis’ paternal grandfather, Francesco DeSantis.
From 1982 through 1990 Tullio Francesco DeSantis wrote on art exhibitions and aesthetics for the New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL and at the same time served as art critic for the Reading Eagle/Reading Times newspapers in Pennsylvania. It was in this period that the artist met and worked with Keith Haring. In 1984 DeSantis received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for his ongoing collaborative conceptual work with Keith Haring. In 1998-99 DeSantis published the first four chapters of this work in the Terminal Journal under the title, Reading Lies Dreaming, published by Eschaton, Chicago.
Tullio DeSantis’ internationally published writing includes a Magical-Realist story recounting the life of the Francesco DeSantis family and also the art, science, and craft of growing mushrooms for market. Tullio's "Life on a Mushroom Farm", appeared in the book Dreamstreets, Harper and Row, 1989, and has since been reprinted several times. Tullio’s personal and spiritual creative relationship with poet Allen Ginsberg yielded a number of works including a Ginsberg poem dedicated to Tullio DeSantis. and a Ginsberg drawing published at www.poetspath.com.
DeSantis’ higher-education art-teaching career has spanned the period from 1987 to the present. In 1987 he served as Assistant Professor of Art at Alvernia College, Reading, PA. He has continued his teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Albright College, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, the MFA Program of Vermont College, Norwich University, and currently at Reading Area Community College.
In 1990 the American Association of University Professors found and reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education that Tullio DeSantis’ ( Assistant Professor of Art) had been improperly dismissed by Alvernia College (now Alvernia University) because of his criticism of the administration and that his rights of academic freedom had been violated. This incident provoked the resignation of the College President, Board Chair, and the Academic Dean. DeSantis’ suit with the college was eventually settled out of court. The settlement resulted in his being rehired.
Tullio Francesco DeSantis continued exhibiting his art in the early 1990s in a selected group of galleries including The Freedman Gallery of Albright College and the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA.
From the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s, the artist executed the major portion of his work anonymously on the Internet. The anonymous work was often conducted collaboratively and from 1998 through 2005 he created and worked as part of www.artelevision.com, a three-person online Digital Performance group. This endeavor was analyzed and interpreted by Nick Mamatas in the NYC newspaper, the Village Voice in October, 2000, in an article titled All Hands Off The Keyboard.
The artist’s collaborative work is referenced by the New York new art foundation, Franklin Furnace and the CYBERARTS99: International Festival of Digital Media. The artist’s collaborations with other Internet artists have included Ana Voog, of anacam.com, and performance artist, Frank Moore, whose site hosts artelevision.com’s archives.
ARTology and ARTologyPOD
In 2005, Tullio created ARTology, his online blog for the Reading Eagle newspaper web site. In 2006, the artist executed the initial work in a series of identity-based conceptual projects for the new millennium at The New Arts Program in Kutztown, Pennsylvania,.  His monoprints are travelled and collected as part of the New Arts Program Print Editions, which includes artist prints by John Cage, Steve Reich, Keith Haring, and Bill T. Jones.
ARTologyPOD, the artists’ regular series of conceptual podcasts, appears on www.readingeagle.com, www.weeu.com, and Apple iTunes. DeSantis’ discusses his conceptual work and his relationship with Keith Haring in a series of YouTube videos, produced by Ron Schira.
Recent and current work
The collaborative project between Keith Haring and Tullio DeSantis is the subject of a documentary project being executed by Canadian filmmaker and collector, Victor Lallouz. Filming for this project began in 2009 with locations in Berks County, PA and New York City.
DeSantis and Haring initiated this collaborative project in 1985. DeSantis describes the project in an introductory video that has been posted on YouTube in raw footage. These videos contain a recent lecture in which DeSantis introduces the purpose of the project. He has continued this work in various media since the day Keith Haring died, February 16, 1990.
2010 and Beyond
In the new decade, Tullio has increased his online presence, continuing his aesthethic interest in the evolutionary potential of the Internet. Presentations of his multimedia work in 2010 include "The Facebook Show" at The Detroit Museum of New Art, and Volume 1 of the "International Email Audio Art Project" hosted by the Internet Archive.
Tullio's collaborative projects
Tullio's collaborative projects in the new decade include working with artist George Blaha, artist/musician Heidi Harris, MaCu(Susanne Hafenscher), writers Jan Walls, Leanne Ogasawara(Tang Dynasty Times), and Robert Burton(Awakening Arts Network).
"Tullio" is also collaborating with Dr. Thomas Fink, of Harrisburg, PA. Together, they have formed MindReflector Technologies, LLC  to explore EEG neurofeedback and new brain-computer interface technologies”
- Rip Off Review.Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- Rip Off Review from Comics Journal.Retrieved 2009-10-07
- Smithsonian Institution; Paper as Medium (1978). Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- Dreamstreets listing at Amazon.com; Life on a Mushroom Farm(1989) Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- Big Book of Italian American Culture(paperback release of Dreamstreets) Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- Ginsberg Poem Dedicated to Tullio DeSantis(Published in The Reading Eagle)Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Allen Ginsberg Drawing Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Blum, Debra E. "AAUP Members to Vote on Censuring 5 Administrations Accused of Violating Professors' Academic Freedom", "The Chronicle of Higher Education", 13 June 1990.
- The Freedman Gallery of Albright College and the Reading Public Museum. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- All Hands Off The Keyboard Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- Irish Museum of Modern Art Net Open exhibitions from 2002 and 2003,   Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- Reading Eagle ARTology Blog by Tullio Retrieved 1Aug2012
- TullioDeSantis.net Retrieved 28Jan2013
- Artology.TV Retrieved 28Jan2013
- Keith Haring's Official BiographyKeith Haring (2008).Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- Victor Lallouz Productions Retrieved 18 August 2010
- Facebook Show Retrieved 29 November 2010
- International Email Audio Art Project, Volume 1 (November 3, 2010) Retrieved 29 November 2010
- George Blaha and Tullio Retrieved 23 January 2012
- MaCu and Tullo, Retrieved 23 January 2012
- Jan walls and Tullio, Retrieved 23 January 2012
- Leanne and Tullio, Retrieved 23 January 2012
- Robert Burton and Tullio 23 January 2012
- Tullio and Pery Burge Retrieved April 29, 2012
- "Artist in Residence", Pery Burge Retrieved June 8, 2012
- MindReflector Technologies, LLC Retrieved November 25, 2012