Romano Donà, born in Murano in 1956, comes from a long line of glassmaking experts. He started his apprenticeship with his father at the Fratelli Manfren Glassworks at a young age, learning the art of glassmaking.
He collaborated with Livio Seguso starting in 1975 and worked with other artists such as Henry Mavrodin, Federica Marangoni, Mimmo Rotella, and Ugo Marano, perfecting his craft and developing a talent for glass sculpture.
In 1987, he won the Premio Murano award for glass masters.
In 1997, Romano joined the Stefano Toso glassworks, where he created his original pieces and collaborated with other designers, such as Rodica Tanasescu, Antonio Meneghetti, Raffaele Rossi, and David Farsi. In 2000, he worked with Silvano Belardinelli, the art director for a group of Japanese artists, to convert their designs into glass.
Later, in the last years of his career, he worked at the Ars Cenedese firm.
During his collaboration with Stefano Toso, Romano's sculptures were labeled with the "vetro artistico" mark, number 49, and with number 11 during his tenure with the Ars Cenedese brand.
Romano experimented with the traditional Muranese techniques of fiigrana and incalmo in 2003, making the use of these age-old processes look entirely new. This experiment led to a new Oggetti collection for the US market.
In the 2000s, Romano collaborated with Lucio Bubacco to combine the lamp technique with solid glass, resulting in a series of large vases with applied embossed landscapes.
Romano is now retired, leaving behind a legacy of masterful glasswork and contributions to the art of glassmaking.