Vito Desalvo

International People in the Know

Artist’s Statement

International People in the Know is my reflection on interpersonal relations in today’s world. I have chosen both fictitious faces as well as actual faces of real people in my life. The backgrounds suggest no clue as to place, identity or nature of the conversation. I offer only the finality of the implied statement. In some of the faces there is a lingering hint of relating the knowing implication of their comments. Others possess only a sense of innocent use of common use phrases, with special emphasis on the observation that all serious conversations eventually lead to a confirmed answer form of ‘no’.

Vito Desalvo was originally from Pittsburgh, PA and went through art training at Carnegie Mellon University. He moved to Chicago in the late 1970’s and has been creating artwork there ever since. While he has somewhat friendly relations with the local gallery world, he has chosen to go his own path. Vito continues to live in Chicago and still speaks to people. Most have vague positive comments to say about him.
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Susan Lewis ( is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.