I was born in Rome the 10th of August 1941. I started drawing at the age of 6 on the rolls of Fabriano paper, that in the hard times of the postwar period my father, architect of the State Railways, was able to get hold of in his studio. I attended the Art High School and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in the years when Turcato, Consagra and Mafai taught. My artistic training, however, also took place, and above all, among the group of fantastic peers who at that time had as a meeting place the "Ferro di Cavallo" bookshop, managed by Agnese de Donato where Schifano, Novelli, Burri, Perilli, Sinisgalli, Pagliarani, Giugliani used to hang out. We were a group of youngsters on foot who every day landed in that trident of streets that lead to piazza del Popolo and in via Ripetta, we had created our camps in rooms and premises that at that time were easy to rent. We were joined by a passion for the great realist cinema of our childhood and for the Antonioni dell’Eclisse e della Notte. We had endless discussions on Le Corbusier, Wright, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Kline, Burri, whose iconographic supports were captured at the "Ferro di Cavallo". We moved in groups to discover other cities. I remember in 1961, a landing in Venice, on the occasion of my first personal exhibit at the gallery "Il Traghetto". In January 1962 I met Folco Lucarini, an incredible mix of craftsman, graphic designer, boxer, gourmet and libertine, who convinced me to leave with him on the spot for Milan. I installed myself in his graphic studio in the via Verdi of the sixties. Above the huge black tables, the only furniture in the large room where I spent my hours (except for the evening shows at "Jamaica"), there were paper, glues, magazines, which became the characters of the stories I was inventing. It was there that I discovered the sign as a story, prompted by the incredible confessions of a neighbour who came to confide me her phallic terrors. Thus were born the Stories of Agnese Crotti (as the girl was called). In that room, of which I keep an olfactory memory of printed paper, cow-gum, damp and iron, I learned to love the works of Michele Provinciali, Pino Tovaglia, Giancarlo Iliprandi and Folco Lucarini, printed in the "Quaderni Imago" edited by the Bassoli Fotoincisioni. Those years in Milan were a great lesson in method and inventive freedom, which made me discover my dual nature as a narrator between graphics and painting, which insists on not erasing the ambiguous margin between sign and colour.
From 1964, the year I returned to Rome and opened my first professional studio, my work has embraced publishing, politics and the cinema, interests I have never abandoned. I designed several children’s books for Bompiani and for Emme Edizioni; for the AMZ of Milan an industrial fable about the poison cloud of Seveso. For the Nuova Italia Scientifica, the graphics scheme. The new graphic layout for the Genova daily paper “Il Lavoro”. For the electoral campaign for the 1972 political elections, a series of posters for the PSIUP. From 1973 to 1977 I organised the graphics for the press and propaganda section of the Roman Federation of the PCI. I have organised the graphic part in numerous cinema exhibition like “Le Giornate del Cinema Muto”, “La Mostra Internazionale del Telefilm”, “La Commedia all’italiana”. I have created many graphic logos for cinematic series for the RAI. Alongside these activities I have always continued my work as a painter with a graphics-painting journal which has led, over the years, to the creation of stories such as Alfazoo, The flying Carpet, The American eye, Mary’s armchair, Sling-shot days. In 1985, invited by Francesco Moschini to retrace the “voyage of my stories” in an exhibition, I realised that to illustrate it to others I would have to show the sequences. Thus was born “Il percorso di un segno”, which is also a commentary to my one-man show at the Galleria A.A.M. di Roma, which was put up in September 1985. My work has been published by: Nuvum, Art Directors Club Milano, Idea, Graphicus, Modem Publicity, Visual Design, Pubblicità in Italia, Deco Press, Graphis, Linea Grafica, Italian Illustrators, ABC Verlag Zurich, Ottagono, Domus, Japan Pubblications Trading Co.