Claudio Zambianchi was born in Rome in 1958. After earning a degree in Humanities from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", he received a Master of Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as well as a doctorate, also from the "Sapienza" in Rome. He has written about 19th and 20th century art and art criticism for journals, books, and catalogues. He has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and Milan. He has been an associate professor of Contemporary Art History at the "Sapienza" in Rome since 1998.