Born in Westchester, New York, from her earliest memories Maureen Fulgenzi knew and concentrated her efforts on becoming an Artist. After 4 years at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, studying fashion illustration & advertising, Maureen landed a freelance position with Sassoon Jeans and designed their first marketing poster. She then worked as a sketch artist for Fairfield publications (i.e. ‘W’) and illustrating for TOBY fashion reports.
Fulgenzi’s talent and pioneering spirit in the late 70′s launched a new hand painted fabric and silk trend that sprung onto New York couture scene and was quickly picked up by the A-list department stores and boutiques nationwide.
Maureen brought both her technical skills and innate color sense to custom create and apply silk dyes to fine fabrics. She created a standardized and branded design trademark in the fashion industry. During this time, Mary McFadden chose one of Fulgenzi’s creations called ‘Windrift’ that became the most popular and longest selling designer bedding collection that the Martex Corporation had produced. Being in high demand for her design skills and innovative thinking, Fulgenzi was contracted to design prints for a men’s line of shirts for designer, Diane Von Furstenberg, and later for her printed dress collection. She then went on to have a successful career producing a line of clothing with hand-painted fabrics, forming Horito/Fulgenzi designs in 1982. The company’s list notable clients, such as Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Cecily Tyson, and were sold in department stores, catalogs and boutiques nationwide. Their design had exploded creating a fashion trend that was copied by other companies and spurred Maureen forward to create new ideas.
In the early 90′s Fulgenzi ended the fashion business to pursue her own long-smoldering desire to become a recognized Fine Artist. Fulgenzi left the city to immerse herself in creating a fine-art portfolio, working in the Hamptons and later Italy and traveling through Europe gaining new sources of inspiration and sophistication in her work. Color, with its wealth of possibilities, combined with a form of corresponding vibration, expresses Fulgenzi’s inner need to offer a contemplative ground to the spectator.