Bachelor, University Iowa, 1948. Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1963.
In 1950 he received a Fulbright scholarship, which allowed him to study art in Europe for two years. From 1959-1964, he was an assistant professor of art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 1964, Fumagalli was brought to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he founded the Fine Arts Department and held a professoriate until his retirement in 1988.
Fumagalli produced a film called A House Divided with actors John Anderson and Eugene Roche.
The film was about the Lincoln (John Anderson) Douglas (Eugene Roach) debates. The film focused on the issues of slavery and what Lincoln would need to face after he got into office.
With United States Coast Guard, 1942-1946. Member American Association Museum (program committee), National Endowment for the Arts (consultant). M C.
Married Barbara Merril Ellison. Children: Luisa, Piera, Elio.