Born in Parma in 1974, Alessio obtained a high school diploma from the Istituto Magistrale Albertina Sanvitale in the city in 1993. He enrolled in the Faculty of Contemporary History of the university, which he left after a few months to concentrate exclusively on drawing, attending first the fine Arts Academy in Bologna and then the Brera Academy in Milan. He began working in the world of graphic design by drawing storyboards for a number of advertising directors in Milan, working in particular with Edoardo Amati, for whom he illustrated, in 1999, the opening credits for the short detective film Master Shot, presented at the Sundance Festival. In 2000 he created an advertising page in comic format for the Armed Forces, which was published in the national magazine of the Alpini Regiment. Again thanks to Edoardo Amati, in 2002 he drew, for Human Touch, the storyboard for the Armani Jeans advertising campaign, broadcast on the All Music and Videomusic TV channels. Since leaving the world of the storyboard behind, Alessio has worked for a number of newspapers as a cartoonist and as a realistic illustrator for a number of agencies in the Parma area. In 2005 he received an order for an illustration on Vittorio Bottego, printed in postcard format with a run of 400,000 copies. Goldfish is his first foray into comic book narration.