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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2016 Awardees 2016 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) 2-Dimensional Art - Franco Tempesta

Franco Tempesta was born in Milan, Italy. Since he was a child, he loved drawing animals, dino-saurs, and dragons. Specializing in naturalistic illustration, in the last ten years he has focused his attention on the realization of realistic images of dinosaurs and primitive mammals. He has collabo-rated with national and foreign publishers, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian,Random House, Firecrest Publishing, Geoworld, and important advertising agencies of Italy. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Italian Illustrators Association. In 2011 he won the second prize award at the International Paleontology Illustration Competition (IPIC 2011) & Exhibit - Brasil

In April 2014, the Museum of Paleontology of Naples hosted a permanent exhibition dedicated to his illustrations of dinosaurs.

In August 2016, the  Science Museum of Camerino, hosted a new exhibition of his illustrations about Prehistoric Mammals and Dinosaurs.

At the moment he is working on several new Dinosaur projects for different international publishers.

Franco loves nature, the sea, diving, and traveling.