Marco Ventura was born in Milan in 1963 in a family of artists. He studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and at the School of Visual Arts in New York; he worked as a freelance illustrator for publishers and advertising agencies around the world. He has received several awards, including two silver medals from the American Society of Illustrators. Several of his works are part of private collections and collections of the Vatican Museums, two of his portraits were recently exhibited in London at the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Award, and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He collaborates as a teacher with the IED in Milan.