Over the past seventeen years Fresco Books has designed and published a range of award-winning art books that examine both historic and contemporary artists in various regions of the United States, producing unique books for artists, galleries, and museums throughout the country. Fresco was founded in response to the need in the Santa Fe art community for beautifully designed art books produced within a time frame that keeps the project fresh and enjoyable.


Fresco has brought together experts in every facet of book production and publishing. A team of the finest designers, printers, color experts, writers and galleries, has come together to produce extraordinary books for artists, galleries and museums.

Fresco manages the project from start to finish, provides design, production services, and on-site press checks, advising the client along the way in making decisions crucial to creating an excellent book.

Fresco can provide writers with specific art expertise for your book. We can also work with a writer of your choosing or we can approach specific writers on your behalf.

Fresco Books are printed in Italy using experienced Italian fine art printers. Their use state-of-the-art equipment, their excellent service, short turnaround time, and superior printing capabilities make printing a pleasure. Fresco co-owner and designer is on press in Italy for every project to ensure the highest quality and accurate color.

Mankus Studios works very closely with Fresco and each artist. Works of art are directly captured digitally in 16-bit color for highly accurate results, or are scanned conventionally with the studio's drum scanner from existing transparencies. Proofs are then prepared for the artist's approval, allowing for finetuning of the reproductions to the artist's specifications. Final proofs calibrated to our printer's press are then used by press operators.

Since moving to Santa Fe from Chicago in 2001, Mankus Studios has founded Santa Fe Editions (www.sfeditions.com), for the exploration of original fine art printmaking in the digital medium. The Studio, located on the historic east side of Santa Fe, is a laboratory for the latest technology in digital reproduction.

The University of New Mexico Press, one of the premier cultural institutions of the Southwest, distributes Fresco books nationally and internationally at over 7000 venues.