Umberto Mariani
Umberto Mariani (b. 1936) is an Italian artist, born in Milan. He is a multimedia artist who draws influence from the spatialism of the Italian avant-garde, and is most recognized for his fold-like textures.

During his youth, Mariani's family home was used as a refuge for Jews persecuted during WWII and the war itself left a lasting impression on him. Mariani attended the Accademia di Brera, and it was there where he worked under Achille Funi in his studio and graduated with honors. He became inspired by classical Greek statues on the streets of Italy he observed growing up and his first monumental work was for St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in the 1960s.

His work has been slowly evolving: his first phase was the presence of bright colors dominating the pieces and his recent works show a complex use of shadows using white and black drapery, and the use of lead sheets as a material.

Mariani has held numerous personal and collective exhibits in Italy and abroad and he currently lives and works in Milan.