Umberto Mariani (b. 1936, Italy) graduated from the Accademia di Brera under Achille Funi with honours. He was a Post-War multimedia artist and first studied the masters of the Romantic period, however later drawing influence from the Classical Greek statues from the streets of Italy he grew up observing. He was fascinated by the the folds of textiles and how they were carved out from the hard white marble, later developing into a desire to manipulate the material. In the 1970s he was widely exhibited in Europe at institutions such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Musée Moderne in Paris. His work explores illusions of light and shadow created within the folds of fabric. He lives and works in Milan, Italy, and has become the subject of academic essays by virtually every critic in Italy.