He was born in Rome in 1908 and trained at the San Giacomo evening school of ornamental arts, where he studied with Antonino Calcagnadoro.
In 1928 he made his debut with drawings at the XCIV Exhibition of the Society of Amateurs and Connoisseurs of Fine Arts.
At the beginning of the Thirties he was part of the new artistic generation that, with Corrado Cagli, Renato Guttuso, Pericle Fazzini, Afro and Mirko Basaldella, gravitated around the Dario Sabatello Gallery which in 1933 organized his first solo show. From this moment he takes part in all the most important exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
His realist debut took place in 1938 at the 21st Venice Biennale, which helped to open a new stylistic phase within the Roman school.
Exponent of the so-called Roman School he has worked since the 1930s together with Scipione, Mafai, Pirandello and Fazzini, to then continue on a substantially autonomous path.
During his long career he participatedto all editions of the Rome Quadriennale (starting from the first, in 1931) and to numerous editions of the Venice Biennale.
In 1956 at the XXVIII Venice Biennale, Roberto Longhi defined him as the greatest living Italian realist, reconfirming this historic consecration in the presentation at the 1964 solo exhibition, which he set up in Rome in the Galleria La Nuova Pesa. In 1960 he won the Marzotto Prize and in 1963 he was appointed Academic of San Luca. Painter and engraver saw his activity celebrated in an important anthology set up in 1985 at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.
For his long activity as a teacher, parallel to his artistic one, he is awarded the Gold Medal by the Ministry of Public Education.
He died in Rome in 1990.