Born and raised in Rome, Italy, surrounded by the architectural, artistic and natural beauty of its landscape, it seemed the innate choice for Sandro Martini to be immersed in the arts. Moving to London in 1982 he began to explore and become deeply involved in photography and Fine Art painting. Not only drawing from his roots, but also taking in a wider inspiration.
With the vibrant and burgeoning arts culture in London, he was soon snapped up by Italian Magazine Frigidaire to mastermind a photographic and illustrative observation of Youth Culture in London and its international influence.
His witty and astute technique and style brought him to the attention of many London designers and he was soon brought under the wing of Fashion Jewellery designer Jane Hong and worked alongside her for several years creating lines that were sought after the world over.
Never one to forget his artistic, social and historic background in Italy, Sandro in 1989 moved to Milan and worked as assistant for Barnaba Fornasetti, for various creative applications, company historical archives, Graphic layout assistant, ceramic colorist for new productions, assistant Photographer for Piero Fornasetti Designer of Dreams book, supervisor during the exhibition Designer of Dreams at Victoria & Albert Museum London.
Documentary life and work of Piero Fornasetti – and book, both produced by Alberto Zabban as assistant film director and Photographer.
Official Master Restorer for Piero Fornasetti vintage objects and furniture paintings, for Museums and private clients to present date.
Having re-immersed himself in Italian culture it was time for him to head back to London. His flair for fashion, textiles and understanding trends brought him into the textile industry where he created designs for UK and international clients – both for fashion and for commercial merchandise displays.
Recognising his own eye for trends and styles, he set up his own London based design company where he designed, created and produced commissions for international Museums, top show rooms, personal clients and clientele such as Palazzo Barberini Rome, Secession Museum Vienna, Harrods, St Paul Cathedral
London, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Liberty of London to name a few.
Sandro's passion for the Arts was never held in one direction. As he worked on one field he kept his love for other fields alive in his personal time. His Photographic and Illustration work continued as he moved into digital fields and he began to experiment in Art projects and observation of the culture of today – of sexuality, sub-cultures, taboo subjects and bringing full circle the pull that brought him to London. But never being one to sit still and accept, Sandro now digs deeper and explores the issues in modern family, childhood influences (some his own and some observational), violence, religion and how function rides alongside dysfunction. In addition to his study of life and culture, he was recognised for his ability to catch real life in motion when commissioned to document the 50th Anniversary of, and state re-opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Festival Hall. His candid and expertly executed documentary can still be seen gracing the exhibition spaces today.
Again, spotting the trends before others, Sandro moved to Berlin to be among the up-and-coming new arts scene, living between London and Berlin.