Bookshelf Bio with the Fabulous Linda Fantuzzo

Stephanie Hunt

Linda Fantuzzo takes a landscape and turns it into a novel—and a classic one at that—a work of art that engages and challenges you on numerous levels at one time, broadening both your mind and heart. Her new exhibit, “Landscapes Reconfigured,” opens later this week at the Corrigan Gallery, and features canvases wrought with beauty and the elusive play of light, landscapes doused with sensual mystery and serene color. Fantuzzo’s fans are legion—the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art grad has been at the forefront of Charleston’s art scene since moving here in 1973 and her extraordinary talent has helped elevate Charleston as a serious player in the fine art world.


Check out Fantuzzo’s show at Friday’s Art Walk, and when you do, you can chat with Linda about how her favorite writers (see below) influence her work.


Thanks Linda, for chiming in as a Bookshelf Bio! Can’t wait to reconfigure some landscapes with you soon.


Bookshelf Bio with the Fabulous Linda Fantuzzo 


What are you reading now?

A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan.


Just finished?

The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt, a story rich with characters of creative spirit and individuality. 


Wish you’d read but never have?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy remains on my shelf and reading list.


Book that first made you change the way you understood things or challenged your world view?

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.


Your vote for a book that should be on required High School reading lists?

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, continues to raise questions we all need to consider and seems particularly timely at present.


Favorite book and/or literary scene about Charleston?

Pat Conroy’s Prince of Tides describes the atmosphere and beauty of the Lowcountry which is very much a part of Charleston.


Ideal or favorite reading location?

Reading by natural light in a window seat with plenty of soft pillows.


Real old-fashioned pages or a NOOK/Kindle/iPad?

I love holding books, feeling the quality of the paper and turning the pages.


Section of the library where you’re mostly likely to be found? 

The art book section.


Writer you’d most like to take to dinner and where (in Charleston-area)?

I would like to dine at Slightly North of Broad with the art critic Robert Hughes, author of The Shock of the New.


(House in Gold by Linda Fantuzzo, courtesy of CFADA)