Juan Gatti was born in 1950 in buenos aires, argentina. his mother was a haute-couture fashion designer and as a child, he spent hours under the drawing table reading fashion magazines. in his twenties, under the dictatorship of general alejandro agustín lanusse, on a national festive occasion, he stepped out on his balcony in underwear and protested. he got arrested. during the six months he spent in a maximum security prison, gatti started drawing. he moved to new york where he worked.