Alessandro Tofanelli was born in Viareggio in 1959.
He graduated from the Lucca Art Institute and attended the Brera Academy in Milan. During his stay in Milan Tofanelli collaborated as an illustrator for important magazines published by Rizzoli and Mondadori. In 1973 he won two scholarships offered by the Mercantile Bank for the International University of Art and in 1975 the "La Resistenza" prize and the first prize in the international competition "INA-Touring" at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In 1984 he won the "Giotto d’Oro" award and in 1987 the "Under 35" award in Bologna, the "Onda Verde" award in Florence and the international "Ibla Mediterraneo" award. In 2011 a short story by Antonio Tabucchi inspired by one of his paintings was published (A. Tabucchi, Racconti con figure, Palermo, Sellerio, 2011). Several international auction houses deal with his paintings, including Christie's in London. His pictorial works are part of important private and public, national and international collections.
Alessandro Tofanelli has always combined his painting with his work as a professional photographer, videodocumentarian and director. In 2005 his first feature film as screenwriter and director was released, "Contronatura", which won the Special Jury Prize at the Viareggio Europacinema Festival and the Nice Festival in New York and San Francisco in 2005-2006. the second feature film, “The secret of trees”, and won the Monicelli Prize at the Viareggio Europacinema Festival.