Umberto Grati was born in Ancona, on Italy’s East coast, in 1964. His education was completely devoted to Art. He was awarded a High School Diploma from Ancona’s National Institute of Art in 1982 and a Degree from the Fine Arts and Restoration Institute in Florence in 1984, with specialisation in Graphic Design for Advertising. He has since worked as an independent graphic designer and illustrator for a range of clients, including: EMI Italy and Virgin in the music business; Feltrinelli, Sperling & Kupfer, Rizzoli and Mondadori among book publishers; La Stampa and Il Sole24ore, two leading Italian national daily newspapers; ARCI, the Province of Milan and the Municipality of Ancona among institutional clients; J.W. Thompson, Pirella, and Saatchi advertising agencies; and, RAI radiotelevisione italiana, Italy’s national broadcasting corporation. Parallel to his commissioned designs and illustrations, Umberto has produced a number of paintings on paper, canvas and wood. His media include oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint, tempera, and mixed-media. From his Ancona studio, Umberto follows his own artistic path exploring the power of images, the harmony of essential forms, and the transparency of colours. His original works have been exhibited in Milan and Ancona since 1987. His latest oil-on-canvas production has reached a critical mass and is ripe for his next exhibition.