Mauro Betti was born in 1951 in Cascina (near Pisa). Here he attended the Istituto d’Arte (a secondary school specialised in art) and later obtained his diploma at Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Art University), where he still teaches.
After an initial stage where he mostly worked on designing objects and furniture, since the early Eighties he has devoted all his energies to painting. At first he worked exclusively with pencil, pastels and wax crayons; he had an exhibition of that work in 1984 at Florence’s Galleria Il Ponte.
He continued in the same vein almost all through the Eighties, then began tackling canvases, firstly with oils, then working more and more with synthetic enamels. During these years his work was made known to the public through four monographic catalogues at the Galleria Il Ponte. He took these to the Fairs at Bologna and Milan and New York.