Born in 1955 at Terni, Italy as Tomassetti Giampaolo, Jnananjana Dasa is one of the founders of the International Vedic Art Academy at Villa Vrindavana. He was part of the academy from 1980 to 1987. Jnananjana work often comes in large size and bold colours, featuring Krishna legends and mythological epics. Several of his paintings have been used to illustrate books for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. He also makes mixed media art focusing on the concerns of the contemporary world, besides painting frescoes, murals, and doing conservation work on Old Masters’s paintings and classical art. His work has been exhibited in 30 solo and group shows all around Italy. At present he is working on an ambitious project, painting significant episodes of the Mahabharata that will be part of the Museum of Sacred Art at Villa Vrindavan. He lives and works in Città di Castello, Perugia, Italy.