One of the world's most eminent living glass artists, Lino Tagliapietra was born in1934 on the island of the centuries-old center for Venetian glassmaking, Murano. At the age of eleven, he was apprenticed to the glass studio of the internationally known Muranese master, Archimede Seguso, and achieved the rank of maestro by age twenty-one. He later worked as master glassblower and designer at other glass studios, including Galliano Ferro, Venini, La Murrina, and Effetre International. In the sixties, Tagliapietra began to develop his design skills by implementing his own concepts as well as those of others. In the seventies, he was deeply influenced by his participation in La Scuola Internazionale del Vetro symposiums held in Murano.