Tommaso Gianno was born in Ancona, Italy. He later lived in San Benedetto del Tronto in Marche, Italy. Tomasso is an accomplished painter, Illustrator and toy designer. He uses a variety of traditional and digital techniques. Tomasso is a self-taught illustrator who considers himself a craftsman rather than an artist. Prior to joining MIA, Tomasso was an illustrator at Autori di Immagini or the Italian Illustrators Association, the primary trade association for illustration professionals working in Italy.