Umberto Grati was born in Ancona, on the east coast of Italy, 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 specialization in Graphic Design for Advertising. He has since worked as an independent graphic designer and illustrator for a range of industries.
His main clients include: EMI Italy and Virgin in the music business; Feltrinelli, Sperling & Kupfer, Rizzoli and Mondadori among book publishers; La Stampa, a leading Italian national daily newspaper; ARCI, the Province of Milan and the Municipality of Ancona among institutional clients; J. W. Thompson, Pirella, and Saatchi advertising agencies; and, finally, 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 range of media includes 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 between 1987 and 1997. His latest oil on canvas production has reached a critical mass and is ripe for his next exhibition.