Andrea Anastasio is a cosmopolitan transcultural soul and artist; part designer, part philosopher, part writer. Born in Rome, he traveled to India, when he was 18 years old, where he discovered another world – a non Euro-centric world. Now, 25 years later, 11 years of which he has spent in India, he has developed a deep and layered knowledge of art, religious studies, music, theater and philosophy. Anastasio obtained a degree in philosophy from the University of Venice and it was his interest in philosophy and history that opened the doors to the Memphis Group. This team of Italian designers and architects created highly influential products in the 1980’s by challenging the idea that products had to follow conventional shapes, colors, textures and patterns. He was the 2005 artist-in-residence at Boston’s Gardner Museum and his work has been featured in exhibits around the world. He currently lives between Italy, India, the US, Hong Kong and Japan.
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