Sandro Colbertaldo was born in Padua in 1946. In 1954 he moved to Milan, where he still lives and works. He studied drawing and painting with Gian Luigi Giovanola, between 1962 and 1965. He studied with Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Guido Canella and Aldo Rossi at the Architecture Faculty of the Politecnico University of Milan. During the university period, he had the chance to frequent the Milanese study of Mario Schifano. He got in contact with the avant-gard of the Italian Pop-Art, which influenced a series of pictures, entitled Chiquita-Banana. After taking his degree, he spent almost three years in Algiers, working as an architect for the Department of Health, in the field of civil cooperation. He travelled across North Africa. The flamingo drawings belong to this period In 1975 he returned to Milan: he worked as a Design and Image consultant for Kartell and Bassetti. In 1975 he stayed in New York for the first time and from there he came back with his first travel book: a collection of drawings and collages in the form of daily notes, which will be a constant of his artistic work. He collaborated to the course of Architectural Composition held by Prof. Antonio Monestiroli at the Architecture Faculty of Milan, between 1978 and 1981. He took part to various national and international architecture competitions. He collaborated with different design companies. He won in 1981 the ADI-Compasso dOro prize with Luceplan. He collaborated with various design magazines, and in particular with Modo and Interni. He worked at various public and private buildings, analyzing the relation between pictorial language and architectural composition. In 1993 he abandoned his profession as an architect, in order to dedicate himself exclusively to painting.