Student before the father and then the Accademia di San Luca took his first steps in the name of fortunismo fashionable with Quadi in eighteenth century costume or otherwise marked by virtuoso brushwork and the theme easily readable.
In 1883 he sent the Exhibition of Fine Arts in Rome Dum Romae consulitur morbus imperat or Malaria (opera dispersed), powerful new Caravaggio painting of social protest. In 1889 he won the gold medal in Paris with the children of Cain and approached Francesco Paolo Michetti, from which came the love of pastel and landscape.
At the same time attendance at Art In Libertas realizes the triptych The wise virgins and the foolish virgins for the Count Primoli Gege, a work imbued with neo-Byzantine moods. A next step was the diptych Diana of Ephesus and the Slaves and The Gorgon and the Heroes – real culmination of his season symbolist and its reflections on art – work that at the Venice Biennale in 1899 he obtained the purchase State the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.
Between 1908 and 1912 he realized the entire frieze for the new hall of the Parliament developing a new language for environmental decoration where you combined the classicism of Michelangelo with its own unique code.
At the same period the participation in the group of XXV of the Roman Campagna, with which he scanned all the beloved around Rome bringing back the hallmarks about to be forever changed by progress.
In 1915 he volunteered for the war, who documented with a series of works of extraordinary modernity characterized by photographic cuts and bold color contrasts of effect. In the ’20s he made a series of trips to East and South America through which he made a series of extraordinary works characterized by the immediacy of live coverage.
The last time he devoted himself to portray the family Fregene developing an innovative light painting post impressionist extraordinary modernity. He died in 1932 in Rome during the design of the decoration of the cathedral of Messina.