Gianluigi Rocca was born in Trento in 1957. He studied at the Art Institute of Trento. In 1979 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. After his graduation he travelled and sojourned in Rome, Paris, Saint Marie de la Mer in Provence. He lives and works in Trentino and Milan, where he teaches painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.