He was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples under the guidance of G.Mancinelli. His first production is devoted to portraits, scenes of historical realism in the wake of D.Morelli (1863 The revolt of Masaniello). In 1868 he moved to Florence coming into contact with the lively experimentation realistic.
The proximity to the painting from life went on in the 70s thanks to contacts with M.Cammarano in Rome. In 1881 he sent The heir at the Milan, a true manifesto of social realism. The following year he was chosen as director of the School of Arts and Crafts Aquila.
Among the works on display include: Innanzi al bello ogni ferocia è spenta, La prima lezione di equitazione, Ogni buon stivale diventa ciabatta, Vanga e latte, Bestie da soma, Parmigianino, Maestro d’armi, I due beoni, I borghesi di Calais, Figura d’uomo, Paesaggio abruzzese, Trionfo di Venere, Casolare alle falde della Majella.