Allesandro Gallo was born in Genoa, Italy, and is now based in Helena, Montana. After studying law at the University of Genoa, he earned a BA at Chelsea College of Art in London. While studying painting, he began experimenting with digital photography, manipulating images to create scenes of animals in familiar city settings. By 2005, he decided to give his creatures a physical presence by sculpting them in clay. Gallo and his anthropomorphic characters have received widespread recognition, with his works being featured in the 237th Annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, he received a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. In 2018 Gallo was selected as a Demonstrating Artist for the NCECA Conference in Pittsburgh.