In Bhutan. Photo by Rob Howard


Stefano was born in Padua, Italy in 1958. After attending the University of Verona he went to Los Angeles with a scholarship
to study economics at UCLA . He arrived there thinking he could walk everywhere but soon discovered that life was impossible
in Los Angeles without a car. Impressed by the sunny California lifestyle he transferred to USC where he graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in economics and social sciences. Because of excessive intellectual activity he reached the conclusion that the only
field where he could express his unexpressable ideas were in the arts so he applied to the Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena not knowing what he was getting into. He was accepted and quickly became known for always painting the same thing
for every assignment - a madonna with one eye. During his years in California, Stefano traveled extensively throughout Mexico
and Central America where the influence of folk art can still be seen in his work today. After graduating from Art Center College,
Stefano went to New York City to look for work. 15 years in New York City and hundreds of subway rides later, he decided to return
to his native Italy with his wife and their 2 children. He currently lives in Venice and now commutes in a colorful wooden boat.


The New York Times Magazine, Child, Time, Business Week, Parenting, Travel + Leisure, Golf, National Geographic, Esquire,
Reader’s Digest, Town & Country, Discover, Mens Journal, Forbes, San Francisco Focus, Bon Appetit, Latina, Condè Nast Traveler,
Health, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, Metropolitan Home, Arizona Highways, Yoga Journal, New Woman, Ms., New York Magazine,
Milwaukee Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Premiere, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Los Angeles Times,
Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post

Mercedes Benz, Sony, Absolut Vodka, Marlboro, University of Texas Performing Arts Center, Oregon Music Festival, Marriott Hotels,
Princess Cruises, New York University, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Kraft, Heifer International, Robin Hood Foundation,
Flomax, Xerox, United Airlines

Tenuta Donnafugata, Paraiso Vineyards, Saint Croix Vineyards, GU Institute for Reproductive Health, Allegro Coffee Company,
Adema, Timothy's Coffees of the World Inc.

Doubleday, Viking, Random House, Knopf, Henry Holt, Harper Collins, Harcourt Brace, Penguin USA, Pantheon, Bantam, McMillan,
Rizzoli Italy, Bompiani, Walker Books England, Lydia Verlag Germany, St.Martins Press, Chronicle Press, Oxford University Press,
Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, Holiday House, Simon & Schuster, Lux Verbi South Africa

“The Creation” narrated by Amy Grant, music by Bela Fleck. Rabbit Ears Productions

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3x3 Magazine Merit Award - Childrens Books 2007, 2009, 2010

COMMUNICATIONS ARTS Award of Excellence Illustration Annual 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010

American Illustration 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

The Association of Illustrators, London 2004

Society of Publication Designers Spot Competition 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001

Parents Choice Picture Book - Silver Honor 1996

Aesop Prize - American Folklore Society Library of Congress 1996, 2002

American Library Association - Notable Book 1995 and 1997

Certificate of Design Excellence - PRINT 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Society of Newspaper Design Award, The New York Times Magazine 1994

Certificate of Merit - Society of Illustrators 1993 and 2002

Storytelling World Award Honor Book 1998

Gold Award Winner, National Parenting Publication Award 1998

Parenting Reading Magic Award 1999

GRAPHIS Illustration and Design 2003

Award of Excellence - Society of News Design 2004

Gold Award, International Regional Magazine Association 2004

3 Dimensional Illustration Award 1992




Illustrations by Stefano Vitale
XYZ Exhibition Space, Treviso, Italy
December 2008 - January 2009

Magazzino 1
Exhibition and Open Studios
Ex-Birreria - Giudecca, Venice, Italy June 2008

Figure Poetiche
Traveling exhibition curated by Giannino Stoppani
Promoted by the Bologna Childrens Book Fair
Bologna, Lucca and Milan, Italy
March 2008 - March 2009

The Society of Illustrators "Original Art" exhibition
Museum of American Illustration
New York City October 17 - November 21, 2007

The New York Public Library List
New York Public Library, November 2006

"Not Just For Children"
Museum of Modern Art, Wales December 2006 - January 2007

"There is a Flower on the Tip of My Nose"
The Childrens Museum of Art, New York, 2006

The New York Public Library List
New York Public Library, New York 2002

"Immagini a Colori"
Gallery Etaj, Bucarest, Romania October 2001

"Arte Altrove: 15 years of Stefano Vitale paintings, etchings and illustrations"
Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Padova, Italy April 2001

"Stefano Vitale"
Robert Canaga Gallery, Eugene, Oregon June 2000

"America Illustrata: Contemporary American Illustration"
The Art Directors Club, New York, December 2000
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma, March 2000
Centro Comunale d’Arte e Cultura, Cagliari, Italy July 2000
Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Padova, Italy November 1999
Schloss Maretsch, Bozen, Italy November 1998

"Down under and Over there: Children’s Book Illustration from Australia and America"
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa 1998

"Folktales from Around the World: Illustrations from Children’s Books"
Delaware Art Museum Wilmington, Delaware 1997

The New York Public Library List
New York Public Library, New York 1997

"Myth, Magic and Mystery: 100 years of American Children’s Book Illustration"
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia 1996
Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Tennessee 1996

"Society of Illustrators: The Original Art Show"
Museum of American Illustration, New York
1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007

Pier Show IV
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Brooklyn, New York 1996

McGraw Hill Design Competition Show
New York 1990

"Stefano Vitale"
Walker, Ursitti, MacGuiness Gallery. Washington D.C. 1988

"Stefano Vitale and David Hoeft at Art Center"
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena California 1987



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