Neera Gatti was born in Trieste in 1906. She trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, city where she then settled and died in 1973. In 1944 she enrolled in a course at the Art Institute for Ceramics in Faenza and in 1948 she opened her own facture in Venice, the ‘Gatti Neera Ceramiche’, as well as the ‘Bottega Scuola d'Arte Ceramica dei Frari’.
"Gatti Neera Ceramiche" was founded at a crucial time for Italian arts and crafts. Indeed, its products, created in series by Neera and her students, tell the socio-cultural uplifting story of a women-led business in the North Italy region of Veneto during the difficult years around World War II.
In 1948, 1950, 1952 and 1954 she was invited to exhibit her works at the Biennale in Venice, the Galleria Bevilacqua La Masa, the Triennale in Milan and at various venues in many other cities abroad.
Ceramic: a material that lends itself to design as well as to art, but that also requires a deep knowledge and vision of its technical potential. Neera Gatti played with arts and crafts using an entrepreneurial flair and mastering materials with creativity.