He completed his education at the Academy of Fine Arts room. In 1855 he sent for the first time to work promoter: The meeting of Jacob and Rachel. Already in these early works, the sensitivity of the author is brought to accentuate the realistic component of the composition.
A subsequent stay in Rome allowed the depth of this feeling. He returned to Bologna Busi abandoned history painting to devote himself to the contemporary paintings through tip of the brush is not exempt from moral intent. He also painted portraits, among which is the well-known portrait of Cavour and Minglietti, 1866 Bologna, Museo Civico del Risorgimento), scenes dedicated to romance and historical views of the city of Bologna.
Among the exhibited works include: Una visita di cordoglio, Incertezza, Visita alla puerpera, Compiacenze materne, I primi passi, Povero Lelio, Ricreazioni materne, L’onomastico di Bebè, Figura allegorica, Le rondini, La lettura del testamento, Le compiacenze materne.