Yan Nascimbene was raised in France and Italy. After working as a photographer in a Paris fashion studio, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. Yan and Joan Parazette married and moved to Rome where they started POMPELMO EDITORE, a publishing company.
The following ten years were spent between California, France and Italy. In 1976 they adopted their daughter Noémie in Morocco. Their son Amanzio was born a year later. In 1980 Nascimbene wrote and directed “THE MEDITERRANEAN”, a feature film shown at the festivals of Gent, Turin, San Sebastiàn, Park City, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne and New Delhi.
In 1986 Nascimbene started working as an illustrator in Paris. Soon a steady collaboration with Gallimard was established. Yan has drawn over 250 book covers for that publisher alone (Graphic Award at the Bologna International Book Fair in 1988).
Joan and Yan moved back to California in 1991. His illustrated edition of Marcel Proust’s SWANN’S WAY received high praise, notably from Jacques Fauvet, editor in chief of Le Monde and Anne Borel, president of Les Amis de Marcel Proust. ANTIBES, CLAVIÈRE ET AUTRES COULEURS, his first book as author and illustrator, won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1992. Between 2001 and 2005, Yan illustrated Italo Calvino’s ADVENTURES (Society of Illustrators’ Silver Medal), PALOMAR and THE BARON IN THE TREES. Nascimbene has illustrated over 50 books and 300 book covers. (See BIBLIOGRAPHY).
Nascimbene’s illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, the New Yorker, Boston Globe, Toronto Life, Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, Hemispheres, etc. His commercial clients include Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, IBM, Apple, Macy’s, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, NYU, Bank of America, etc…
Yan’s work is exhibited worldwide. He is the recipient of a gold and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, New York and won the Bologna International Graphic Award three times. In 2011 the Venice Biennale, as part of Italy’s national unity anniversary, selected Yan Nascimbene’s work for the “Italy in the World” exhibition, at the Italia Pavilion.
Yan Nascimbene and Joan Parazette, a painter and author, live in the South of France. Yan is currently writing a series of short stories for adults.