Berio Gizzi was born in Abruzzo, Italy in 1932, came to Boston in 1936, where he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts 1959 – 1962. In the summer of 1962, Berio studied drawing with famed sculptor, George Demetrious, in Gloucester, MA. From 1962 – 1964 Berio attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy, and traveled to various countries to study the Old Masters.
As his paintings reveal, Berio likes to juxtapose a variety of images. For example, “The Stairway,” includes rendering of a Van Eyke painting, one of his own landscapes, a photograph of his daughter, and a porcelain doll that can be seen in five other paintings in a series. The painting was done in oil on masonite.