Gaetano Pesce is an Italian designer andarchitect who was born in La Spezia in 1939. He attended the University of Venice, faculty of architecture. He has lived in Italy and abroad and this has inevitably influenced his approach which is often characterised as international. He claims that he gives architecture its capacity to be useful and he tries to convey feelings of surprise, optimism and sensuality. Due to these qualities of his work, they have often been deemed as controversial and highly innovative.
His work is famous for combining art making and performance. He has created many public and private projects since he was commissioned for architecture, urban planning, interior and exterior design projects. His style is characterised by extensive use of innovative materials, liberal use of colour, and straightforward portrayal of emotion. Some of his most famous commissioned pices of work include the converted Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin, the Organic building in Osaka (1989-93) and the Shuman residence in New York (1994). He is recognised through a number of exhibitions, publications and the display of his work is permanent in various locations such as England, France, Italy, Portugal, USA. In 1993, he received the Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design.