Stefano illustrated an article for La Cucina Italiana Magazine New York called
"High Time for Lagrein". A look at the red wines made from Lagrein, a grape
indigenous to Trentino Ato Adige, an autonomous German speaking region
of Italy bordering with Austria, famous for the beauty of its Dolomites
mountains, its skiing and hiking, its food and its wines.

Read the article at:




Stefano illustrated the poster for the Broadway musical production
of Laura Esquivel's "Like Water for Chocolate".

The world premiere will be among productions on the 2011-12
schedule at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.

Based on the book by Laura Esquivel, and featuring Academy Award
nominee Lila Downs, "Like Water for Chocolate" will be co-directed
by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling and Jonathan Butterell.
The libretto is by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee
Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Elliot – A Soldier's Fugue) with
music and lyrics by Lila Downs and Paul Cohen. The musical is by
special arrangement with Margo Lion Ltd.

Running September 9 - October 30 in the Kreeger Theater,
the musical is "steeped in rich history and the magical realism of
Mexican folk tales." Expect "a simmering, spicy tale, ripe with
romance and recipes for love and life and longing." In the story,
Young Tita, powerless to marry the man she loves (he's betrothed
to her eldest sister), infuses all of the De La Garza family's
traditional meals with her unexpressed passions."




Founded in 1975, and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Timothy's journey into the
specialty coffee industry began with a single café. With more then 100 cafés across
Canada, Timothy's searched for new ways to deliver café quality coffee to the homes
and offices of their customers. Purchasing the finest Arabica coffee beans from around
the world, they roast premium beans at their own coffee roasting facility and are
creating new packaging in order to deliver them in. Stefano has been hired to do a
series of themed labels from around the world.

click here to see more Timothy Coffee illustrations

desmond Tutu's Children's bible stories


desmond Tutu's Children's bible stories

A new illustrated children's storybook Bible, the Children of God Storybook Bible written
by Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu had it's launch at the
opening of the Cape Town Book Fair on 30 July 2010.

The book conveys the message of the caring, sharing God who loves us and celebrates
all our differences, emphasizing the one family, rainbow character of the Kingdom of
God. "The stories and pictures are of children of many different cultures, giving us a
culturally sensitive Bible that can serve a new global world. The overall themes are
relationships and reconciliation, and the drawings delightfully show the emotional or
physical connection between the characters, allowing every child to feel as if he or she
was right there with them," says Tutu.

click here to see Stefano's illustrations from Desmond Tutu's Bible



Stefano created a new illustration for DonnaFugata’s famous Passito wine. It is a
sweet dessert wine that comes from Pantelleria, an island lying between Sicily and Africa,
inhabited by people devoted more to farming than to fishing. Stefano spent a week
on the island absorbing the place, it’s people, it’s flavors, it’s wind and it’s sun. The name
Ben Ryé comes from the Arabic term "Son of the Wind" because the wind sweeps
constantly around the clusters on Pantelleria. And the island's winds bring with them
a profusion of fragrances so intense that you can touch them.

see DonnaFugata Labels below or check out their website



Once There Was and Was Not: A Modern Day Folk Tale from Armenia

An Armenian modern day folk tale published by Heifer International, written by New York
Times best-selling author Page McBrier and illustrated by Stefano teaches children “never to
envy others”. An Armenian proverb unites three best friends and one beautiful cow in a tale
about sharing, caring and responsibility. “Once There Was and Was Not . . .” recalls the
traditional opening line of Armenian folk tales – the equivalent of our familiar “Once upon a
time . . .” and reminds us how small acts can change the world for the better.

Heifer International has helped more than 9.2 million families in more than 125 countries
move toward greater self-reliance through gifts of livestock and training in environmentally
sound agriculture. This is the second project that Stefano has done for Heifer International.
The first was a series of gift cards in the year 2000 that were sent out with donations.

click here to see the book

for more information on Heifer International visit



Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker and illustrated by Stefano Vitale was
released September 2007. “Poet and activist Alice Walker personifies the power and wanton
devastation of war in this evocative poem. Stefano Vitale’s compelling paintings illustrate
this unflinching look at war’s destructive nature and unforeseen consequences”.
The book received a starred review from Kirkus: "Beautiful, powerful, and truthful".
After one week of its release the book reached #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
It was chosen by the New York Public Library for their 2007 "100 Titles for Reading and
Sharing list". Illustrations from the book were selected to appear in: American Illustration
26, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2007, and 3x3 Magazine. The artwork was also
exhibited in The Society of Illustrators "Original Art" exhibition at the Museum of American
Illustration in New York City.

Alice Walker to Stefano: "It is a beautiful book and I thank you so much for its radiance and
resonance!" She can be seen in an interview by Riz Khan on Al Jazeera television:

click here to see Why War is Never a Good Idea

There is a Flower on the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me also written by Alice Walker
and published by HarperCollins Childrens Books was released in the Spring 2006.

The Childrens’ Art Museum in Soho, New York exhibited Stefano’s original sketches
and illustrations of the book in May 2006.

The book was exhibited at the New York Public Library from November 13 - January 5,
2007 and was listed as one of the Best Books of the Year.

HarperCollins describes the book: “In a beautifully poetic and gently provocative
text, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker invites readers young and old to see
the world -- and our place in it -- through new eyes. Glowing colors and radiant
images accompany this joyous celebration of the connections and interconnections
between self, Nature, and creativity”.

Click here to see this and all the other childrens books illustrated by Stefano.


by Stefano Vitale

December 5 - January 18, 2008

A series of illustrations by Stefano Vitale that were published in 2 volumes of folk tales, “Nursery Tales from
Around the World” and “Can You Guess My Name?” will be exhibited at XYZ, the just opening exhibition space
dedicated to design, illustration and photography in Treviso, Italy. Curated by Fabrizio Uretini the exhibition
focuses on narrative illustration and the power of folk art in the graphic arts. A collection of surprisingly similar
classic children’s tales with slight variations from different countries - all passed from generation to generation
through oral tradition - wolves, ogres, runaway cookies, ravenous characters,
unions with the unexpected, and more.

click here to see exhibition and here to see illustrations


A year long traveling exhibition of illustrating poetry featuring the work
of seven illustrators, including Stefano, from around the world curated by
Giannino Stoppani and promoted by the Bologna Childrens Book Fair.
Inauguration was March 30, 2008 in Bologna, Italy and it will be showing
in Rome at the Biblioteca Europea from January 13 - February 28, 2009

Click here to see exhibition.


From the rich tradition of Native American storytelling come mighty chiefs, foolish old
men, brave hunters, heroic twins, and a rich mosaic of other interesting characters.
Passed from generation to generation, these tales are lovingly retold by James Bruchac
and Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D and illustrated by Stefano in a book called The Girl Who Helped
Thunder and other Native American Folktales

Click here to see illustrations from The Girl Who Helped Thunder


Pond Circle released November 2008 through Margaret K McElderry Books.
The rythmic cumaltive story by Betsy Franco and luminous paintings by Stefano
capture the bold beauty of nature and the wonder of the world around us.

Click here to see Pond Circle


There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky, scheduled to be released in March 2009
is a tale of a child who looks up to find drawings on the ceiling of a cave, and wonders
how they were painted. Planets that spin, birds and beasts, woman and man—how did
the old man in the sky paint it all? Based on the 1879 discovery of ceiling paintings in
Spain’s Altamira Cave, this imaginative story by Terri Sloat expresses the awe of
contemplating the creation of he world and locating beauty in an unexpected place.

Click here to see There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky


Why Stop at Six? A Blog about Books

Here’s one of the best things about blogging: I get to chat with book-creators whose
work I have admired for a long time. Illustrator Stefano Vitale is one of those people. His
art work is a force of nature, and whenever I see that he’s illustrated a new title,
I run to find a copy.

I’m still thrilled that I was two degrees away from someone whose art work has brought me
so much joy. Better yet, I get to either share it with fellow fans today OR introduce the
uninitiated to his books and show you what his paintbrush can produce. Both things
are big kicks, indeed.

– Jules ( March 2nd, 2009 )

to read the whole interview


An exhibition of collected work and open studios from artists working on
the Giudecca in Venice, including that of Stefano Vitale, was open to the public
for a long weekend in the summer of 2008

Click here to see the open studio and exhibition



In the spring of 2006 Stefano illustrated a series of labels for Allegro Coffee
Company. See his portfolio for three of the colorful labels he did for organic
coffee beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Peru.



Stefano illustrated the city of Rome for the cover of Hemisphere Magazine.
In a recent readers poll it was voted as one of the all time favorite covers
(#2 to be exact). He is currently working on a series of illustrations
for an advertising campaign for United Airlines.



Stefano is represented by Lindgren & Smith in New York City. Along with
commisioned work and stock images they also offer limited edition prints of
some of the Stefano’s images using archival inks and papers. Typical sizes
range from 13 x 19 inches to 17 x 22 inches. Prices vary depending on the
size and image. For information please contact


Stefano went on a trekking trip through Bhutan. Along the way he stopped
to sketch and compare drawings with the monks. click here to see his sketches.


Donna Fugata, located in Sicily and Pantelleria, produces some of the best
wines in Italy. Stefano first illustrated a wine label for them in 1994 for a white
wine called La Fuga. He has since then illustrated almost all of their other labels
as well as their promotional material.

click here to see his artwork for DonnaFugata.

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