Piero Macgowan was born in Mexico. He worked at an animation and design studio full time before going into his college education. At the end of the summer in 2003, Piero moved to Baltimore to study Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 2007. He worked as a lead concept artist and illustrator for the music video industry while in school, and now works full time as a Senior Concept Artist for Firaxis Games. Additionally, he currently teaches Character Design at MICA.