Mario Solazzo was born in 1944 in Novoli, a small town in Puglia in the province of Lecce. Little more than a teenager he moved to northern Italy, to Turin, where he began to develop his passion for art and painting. In 1978 he moved to Cividale del Friuli (Udine) where he still lives and works today. Solazzo is a leading artist on the national and international art scene and has taken part in the most important events in the sector, competitions and awards, staging over 300 solo and group exhibitions in important cities in Italy and abroad. He is present in the most important art publications and catalogues including the International Catalogue of Modern Art.