Graziano Pompili was born in 1943 in Rijeka. When he was three, his family moved to Faenza, the internationally renowned centre of ceramic and plastic design, where he established himself primarily as a sculptor designing terracotta and ceramics. He studied sculpture and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. After 1970 he spent long periods of time in Carrara and Pietrasanta, where he learned to work in marble and bronze. He taught ceramics at the Art Institute in Reggio Emilia (Istituto d’Arte Chierici di Reggio Emilia) and sculpture in marble at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and finally sculpture in sacral art at the Brera Academy in Milan. In Italy, he is known predominantly for his monumental sculptures in private and public spaces. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.