Since the age of 18, he trained in the Accademia Albertina under Giovanni Battista Biscarra. As a young man he had a bout of visual loss, but continued to paint; the malady convinced him to abandon figure painting. A mentor in landscape painting was Massimo d' Azeglio. He was a colleague of Carlo Piacenza and Edoardo Perotti, and would travel to the mountains to paint outdoors. He served as a tutor for the Royal Family, including princes Amedeo and Oddone, and princesses Clotilde and Maria Pia. One of his pupils was Giuseppe Camino.
Among his works are Il mattino; La vita rustica; Passeggiata nel parco; Le Fienaiole di Val Sesia; Il approssimarsi del temporale; Il Guado; Il Crepuscolo; Betulle; and a number of watercolors.
- Pittura e scultura in Piemonte 1842-1891: Catalogo cronografico illustrato della Esposizione Retrospettiva 1892., A. Stella, Stamperia Reale della ditta G.B. Paravia e Compagnia. Turin, 1893, page 90-93.
- Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti., by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, page 42.
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