Born in Brescia, Italy in 1971, Francesco Vezzoli is a contemporary artist working in tapestry, paint, performance and film. He’s fascinated by the iconography of female identity, and interviewed, and stitched a tapestry of, Miuccia Prada for the cover of i-D in April 2009. Francesco graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fine Art in 1995, and moved back to Milan where he set about establishing himself as a working artist. Obsessed by what he calls “the media circus” and an i-D reader since the age of 14, his work unites pop icons, auteur cinema, art history and politics and has been presented at the prestigious Istanbul, Shanghai, Venice and Whitney Art Biennials. Since 2006 he has been represented by the Gagosian Gallery, and his celebrity collaborators include Roman Polanski, Natalie Portman and Gore Vidal.