Born in Bellinzona in 1974, Graziano (Kiko) Gianocca studied gold and silversmithing at the Art Institute CFP in Florence, graduating with a bachelor in fine arts in 1999. From 2000–2001 he studied in the invited student program at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. From 2003 to 2008 Kiko lived in Melbourne, where he completed his master degree at RMIT University (2003-2004) and where he also taught from 2004 until 2007. In 2006 he won the Emerging Artists Grant from the Australian Government. After returning to Switzerland in 2008 he won the Swiss Design Prize and in 2014 he won the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. His work has been exhibited around the world and collected by Australian National Galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide, as well as at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and MUDAC in Lausanne.Since 2015 he is one of the ideators and curators of Artificio, the project devoted to value the work of designers in Ticino.