Born in Las Palmas to Catalan parents, Xano Armenter grew up in Balaguer (Lleida) and Vigo (Pontevedra). After studying graphic design and art at the Escola Eina in Barcelona (1973-1980) he landed in New York's East Village. Xano worked with Milton Glaser (1981-1984) and held exhibitions in various locations in Lower Manhattan, such as the legendary Limbo Lounge (after which his nanimarquina rug was named).
Influenced by both graffiti and a renewed figurative style, his painting developed an expressive urban style scored by a deep black drawing line, blending expressive sensitivity with the contemplative beauty of design. He presently lives and works in New York and Barcelona.