Maria Carluccio was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. As a young adult, she craved to see the world and experience different cultures which lead her to live in many different cities throughout her life, including Milan Italy in the early 1990’s. Maria earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, with honors. She currently lives in Columbus Ohio and teaches illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. She has received multiple awards for her work from the New York Society of Illustrators and 3×3 magazine. Maria’s children’s books have been published and reprinted in several languages throughout the world. She has also licensed her work to numerous international companies such companies as Windham Fabrics, Crate and Barrel, Target and teNeues Media to name a few.