He studied at the Venice Academy with Guglielmo Ciardi, Pietro Fragiacomo: son of a Venetianized German painter and a Venetian mother; brother of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari musician and two other virtuosos of music; born in Venice, he studied painting for a long time in Germany; he felt Boecklin’s romantic influence as a young man; then he threw himself behind the Prussian secessionists and later the Bavarian ones; when he returned to Italy, in Venice he still remembered all this and did not hide even a smattering of Viennese secessionism.
But the contact with Italian nature, the Venetian custom of life and the aspiration to come out with all sincerity from the parenthesis of imitations in which he had stuck, redeemed him. He is an easy worker; fresh and pleasant painter of landscapes full of air, lights and festive green tones; skilled and resourceful decorator.
Captain a group of young artists, with whom he made collective exhibitions of the “Aratro” at the Cà Pesaro in Venice and at the first “Roman Secession” he exhibited abundant collections of his works in Italy and abroad. in particular in Germany; at Cà Pesaro he was repeatedly one of the most active commissioners. In addition to landscapes from life, he paints purely decorative landscapes and “still lifes”.