Alessandro Santoro was born in Faenza (Ravenna), and moved several times with his family, first to Marche and Lombardy, and eventually to Novara in the late seventies. After graduating as a surveyor, he enrolled in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, which he attended for about three years. In this period, an intolerance for authority, already manifested during childhood, became exacerbated, turning into a mental illness that led him to progressive isolation. Although quite a successful student, Alessandro abandoned his studies to go on a trip around Europe with a university friend. After his return to Italy at the end of 1991, he began undergoing psychological treatment, with the support of his family. At the same time, he began devoting himself intensely to painting and drawing. From that moment, and for about a decade, Alessandro painted and drew compulsively. He wrote a text relating to his own painting, in which he tells the genesis of "Eviotali", the fantastic creatures that appeared in his works. Around 1997 his mental disorder became more acute, and after various periods of wandering, a first hospitalization and a first suicide attempt, Alessandro underwent a series of TSOs, followed by periods of extreme instability, in which he alternated family life and life on the street. Disillusioned about the real possibility of redemption, Alessandro commited suicide in September 2007. His production included approximately one thousand drawings and four hundred acrylics, as well as poems and song lyrics.
Alessandro Santoro's work was first published in Osservatorio Outsider Art magazine (Spring 2018). After seeing the article, Maroncelli 12 decided to organize a two-artist exhibition, Maria Callegaro and Alessandro Santoro: Margins of the sky (May 2019), and then presented his work at the Outsider Art Fair Paris in October 2019.