He was educated at Bologna and then won a retiree first moved to Florence, where he came to the realist positions , and then to Venice and Rome. Immediately won a gold medal with a derivation of academic history painting . He returned to Bologna he painted the “Portrait of the Father of Mario De Maria ” (Marius Pictor ) and won the competition for the execution of the curtain of the ” Gentile Theatre » Fabriano .
In Rome, as well as some paintings as ” St. John of Nepomuk ,” for the Torlonia chapel at the Lateran and ” The coronary on the steps of San Carlo in Catineri “, exhibited in the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence , he executed his most beautiful designs of landscape , for the most part views of Rome since disappeared.
Important notations criticism of U. Ojetti : ” Prospective masterful , incisive and beautiful designer shapes, countries , flowers, clouds, slow painter , for a long time conceived as a glaze color bezel closed in the hard line , but the color was his passion and hope “.
Arduino Colasanti describes it : ” It has an outstanding temperament intensity of attention and quickness of observation, designer analytical, precise , sharp, a relentless sharpness, Serra was a spirit lost in the fifteenth century impressionism. He deeply understood this contradiction , and made it the intimate drama of his laborious life. “