Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Chiara Merlotti moved to the United States to attend Pepperdine University in 1987. Among other scholarships and awards, Chiara was a four year recipient of the National Art Association Scholarship. She graduated from Pepperdine in 1991 as the Art Department’s Most Outstanding Graduating Senior.

After further pursuing her interests in the arts through a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, Chiara has exhibited in a number of group shows in Los Angeles. A solo exhibition of her work was held in November 2004 at Rockotitlàn, in Hollywood.

Chiara has also managed a very successful career in the interactive industry.  Her client list includes Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Toyota Motor Sales. Chiara has taught classes in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design in the Professional Certificate Program at U.C.L.A. Extension. She has also lectured as a guest speaker in U.C.L.A.’s Graphic Design Department.