Born on October 25, 1946 in a small town outside of Rome, Giancarlo was raised on the Calicchia compound where working the land was the family livelyhood.
After completing an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Giancarlo traveled back to Italy, searching for his true roots and the purpose of his life. He chose to continue a formal education, understanding that knowledge is key to living a meaningful life.
In Rome, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Here, as a young adult, he discovered the art of sculpture. Or rather, sculpture discovered him.
He began to recognize himself as an artist. He kept busy, filling his spare time at the ancient quarries of Carrara and Tivoli, observing the traditional disciplines of stone working. He forged friendships that would become essential for his future as a sculptor and as a stone expert.
As an all seeking, deeply complex soul, he continued his search for purpose and inner peace anywhere the patterns of his life would take him. At Ottawa University, he first discovered his love for teaching. In Haiti and Mexico he grappled with malnutrition, rebel encounters and the lingering struggle for peace and understanding.