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Horses, abstracts, and landscapes in Maureen Fulgenzi’s new studio showroom

After living in Palm Beach County for 20 years, the new space gives her more room and freedom to pursue new types of series. People may recognize her art as she has designed the official poster for the Super Car weekend event at the Wellington Polo Grounds for the last ten years.

The colorful, varied work of artist Maureen Fulgenzi hangs floor to 20-foot ceiling in her stunning new showroom/studio in a pioneering new art district in Riviera Beach.

The downstairs is a sleek showroom with multiple paintings hung salon style and several seating areas. A bar in the back corner had lines for drinks during the recent VIP opening. Upstairs is a large studio with a long wall rack of finished work, smaller exhibit rooms for different work styles, and a working studio table with several pieces in progress. An entire front wall of the window lets in plenty of natural light.

Located in a warehouse district in Riviera Beach, the space is the first to be occupied by an artist.

“I knew a real estate broker, and he met the landlord who owns the whole property. I have the whole showroom area, which is the downstairs and upstairs. I did a lot of work fixing it up so that it looks like what it does.”

Fulgenzi had been looking for studio space for a while and was thrilled to find space for a showroom gallery.

“Ideally, in my mind, I would like to be able to show my art in a gallery setting, not just a painting studio, and now this is ten times bigger than I had before. I’m pioneering an area. There are no other studios around there,” she says.

People may recognize her art as she has designed the official poster for the Super Car weekend event at the Wellington Polo Grounds for the last ten years, where exotic vehicles are exhibited at the Polo Club entrance during opening weekend. Her art is of horses, though, not cars.

“Each year, Supercar Week creates the Supercar HorsePower Show Official Poster to commemorate the Opening Day of the U.S. Polo Association’s Palm Beach Polo Season at the previously named International Polo Club Palm Beach IPC, in Wellington, Florida, now named the National Polo Center,” says Neil London, President & Executive Producer, SuperCar Week Inc. “The inspiration and principal image artwork is always from the fabulous Palm Beach Artist and long-time Supercar Week friend, Maureen Fulgenzi. Maureen emailed me a selected horse image from one of her paintings, and then I created the principal horse image for the center of the Supercar HorsePower poster in 2013.”

Everyone always looks forward to opening day. There’s no better way to bring in the New Year and to “kick” off Supercar Week. The “Sport of Kings” is in good hands with Fulgenzi!”

Fulgenzi says, “I’ve known Neil London for many years; he’s the one that puts the Super Car Week together and has it connected to the Polo. I use pictures of horse people, friends, and people who have horses. They give me their photos, or I make up pictures for the more abstract ones that are an interpretation of a horse. They never wanted Polo specific like the polo rider; they wanted an art horse painting.”

The design is used in the ads and displayed at various places in the Polo Club.

In addition, she does portraits, commissions, and contemporary styles of people and animals. She has several murals in downtown Stuart and at area restaurants and has been featured in Southern Home Magazine.

Born in Westchester, N.Y., she attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC, studying fashion illustration and advertising. Maureen landed a freelance position at Sassoon Jeans and designed their first marketing poster. She then worked as a sketch artist for Fairfield publications and “W” Magazine.

She began designing hand-painted fabric and was quickly picked up by the “A”-list department stores and boutiques nationwide. Her designs were used by Mary McFadden and designer Diane Von Furstenberg in dresses worn by Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Cecily Tyson. They were sold in department stores, catalogs, and boutiques nationwide.

In the early 90’s, Maureen left the fashion business to pursue her desire to become a recognized fine artist, working in the Hamptons, Italy, and traveling through Europe, gaining new sources of inspiration and sophistication in her work.

After living in Palm Beach County for 20 years, the new space gives her more room and freedom to pursue new types of series.

“I’ve been doing several different series of work before this, but they piled up,” she says, “and I couldn’t display them. I put them in some galleries here, and Naples and Jupiter. But this is the way to go. I keep meeting new people, and now I get to invite them to come and see it all in one place. Having an outside gallery is nice, but I can negotiate more this way.”

“I just did a VIP opening and will do one in March. I wanted to aim at people who are collectors for the first time. It’s a whole new thing; not many artists – if any – have monthly openings at their studios.”

For her, it’s more than just putting a show together; she makes food – she is a gourmet cook specializing in vegan and Mediterranean dishes and intends to change the artwork exhibited each time.

“I want to put on a good show, and it makes it more fun for people to eat, and they can stay longer. At the first opening, oh my God, their mouth dropped open as soon as they walked in. It’s such a stunning space and not a warehouse at all. Most people can’t believe it’s all my work. Downstairs, I have pretty much all of the abstract art and horses, and then upstairs, I have some new ones I’m working on. Then I have my traditional paintings from the past upstairs – still lifes, flowers.”

She tends to discover new things in an abstract. So, it’s some figurative, and then a painting on plexiglass and painting on different materials and using resin and paper; there’s so much discovery going on that she doesn’t think that will end. She also does commissions and enjoys painting landscapes.

“Whenever I’m going to start a new series, I go to the Norton Museum. I walk around and start saying, okay, you’re doing okay. I compare myself to the work; sometimes you question yourself, you know, whether you’re good enough. And then when I see the work in the museums, I say, okay, I feel like I can compete with that.”

To schedule a studio appointment, please visit www.maureenfulgenzi.com. You can also find her on Instagram under the username @fulgenziart.

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