He was a resident of Milan. In 1883 in Milan and Rome, he exhibited Effetto di sole. Also in Rome, he displayed another canvas depicting Motterone sul Lago Maggiore. At the 1886 Promotrice (and in 1887 in Venice) he sent Vecchio pescatore, La questua dei poreri, and Dopo una predica (After the Sermon). At 1886 in Milan, he sent Portrait of his father and Portrait of painter Gustavo Macchi. He then began painting genre figures of contemporary working class life, including Cucine Economiche, An English Marriage in a Cemetery, and the Bevitrici di Sangue.
His social content did not gain him economic success, and by 1900 he had moved to the United States. Among his works in North America were some of the frescoes on the Astoria Column in Oregon, as well as frescoes in the Senate Banking & Commerce Committee Room and in the House of Commons in Ottawa. Pusterla, as part of WPA-sponsored projects employing artists, directed much of the frescoes for the New York County Supreme Courthouse on Foley Square.
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