Umberto Mariani was born in Milano 1936. His family home was used as a refuge for Jews persecuted during WWII.
The war leaves lasting impressions on him particularly in the last months of 1945. While at the Accademia di Brera, he works under Achille Funi in his studio and graduates with honors from the school.
He has held numerous and frequent personal as well as, collective exhibits in Italy and abroad. His works are in continual evolution.
His first phase was the presence of bright colors dominating the pieces. His recent works show a complex use of shadows using white and black drapery, his alphabet letters and in the embossed symbols, all signs of a dramatic semantic ambiguity of a language not always decodable.