Tomoteru "Tomo" Saito was born and raised in Osaka, Japan and now lives and works in Florence, Italy. He studied at the Designer's School in Osaka and worked as an architect in Tokyo before moving to Italy where he is now a "Madonnaro" or a street painter. Besides classical 2D street painting, he also creates anamorphic 3D street painting. He hold some of the most prestigious awards in street painting, most notably from the Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari Competition in Mantova, Italy where he was awarded the 1st place among "Maestri Madonnari" in 2000 and 2001. He participates in street painting festivals throughout Europe, U.S., Mexico, Hong Kong, Dubai and more.
This year 2016, he won the people's choice award at Street Painting Festival in Toulon, France, the first prize in the category of copists at Street Art Festival in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and the first prize in the category of classical at Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore, U.S..