Marina Colasanti was born in 1937 in Asmara, Eritrea. She has lived in Tripoli, in Italy and is currently living in Brazil. She studied Plastic Arts and began her career as a journalist in the Jornal do Brasil. She has worked in television and advertising and has translated important authors of world literature.
Her first book was published in 1968. Since then she has written, poetry, short stories, books for children and adolescents and essays.
On illustrating her own stories, she takes up creative work again through literature.
She has been awarded numerous prizes and her works have been translated into many languages and been the subject of many doctoral theses.