At age five and a half, while his classmates were playing with toy soldiers, Fabio Pastori was sketching images of Brontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus in his notebooks. A native of Milan, Italy, 1966, Fabio followed his dream of becoming an artist and studied art at the Liceo Artistico di Brera and then Scuola Superiore d’Arte del Castello Sforzesco, where he began to teach drawing and illustration techniques at age 19.
While he was teaching and later directing the course in illustration 4 years long, he continued his training as a hyper-realistic illustrator and learned to render photo-realistic images with a three-dimensional quality.
His exceptional work caught the eye of advertising agencies and publishers in Italy and abroad.
He began working with worldwide well known art-directors, conceptualizing storyboards, layouts, hyper-realistic and every kind of illustrations and paintings, and collaborating with film-directors and photographers (Fashion – Advertising – TV Movie Spots [commercials] – AD Campains for many Griffes and Automobile Names) creating and painting all sizes backdrops (‘till big sizes as 2.000 squared meters) and scenographies for sets and outside locations.
“In the 90’s I started my real journey into the world of paleoart, studying and illustrating dinosaurs in a variety of applications that comprise the paleontological field such as paleontologists, publishing, museums, education and collectors. I always used the traditional techniques while pursuing my great interest and passion for Nature, Earth evolution, Biology, Anatomy, Paleontology and particularly dinosaurs.”
His admiration for these wonderful things is reflected in its sense and taste for “The Beauty” and by the excellence of his work.
His first drawings of prehistoric animals done in a hyper-realistic style were published by Mike Fredericks in “Prehistoric Times” magazine in 1990. His work attracted immediate attention because of the level of realism he achieved and his innovative use of color. He was selected for the Annual Illustrators (non-fiction) in Bologna Children’s Book Fair (’97/’98/’99/2000).