Charlie Grosso, a Chinese American woman with a male Italian name, was born in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan. She was educated in Taipei until the age of eleven, when family tragedy forcibly relocated her to Los Angeles to live with her estranged aunt.
She received her formal education at University of Southern California with a BA in Theater Design. Declining her choice of scholarships to pursue an MFA at Boston University and SUNY Purchase, Ms. Grosso focused on the pursue of her artistic vision, honing her photographic craft by apprenticing with many well-known commercial photographers including, Jay Maisel. Grosso has worked as a professional photographer since 1998 with a growing list of commercial clients including Variety, Wine Spectator, Reed Elsevier, Arts District Citizen, Z. Cavericci, JammFactory,
Barco Uniforms, Zinc and University of Southern California.