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.
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
• 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.
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.