Italian sculptor Emilio Greco was first a marble worker in Sicily, before studying in Palermo. During World War II he was drafted and sent to Albania. After three years, when the Allied troops liberated Albania, Greco joined the American Red Cross. He was one of the most important European sculptors of the 20th, in particular his complicated movement patterns in his female nudes were unique. Greco later taught in Carrara, Naples and Rome.
From 1962-64, Greco designed and constructed the bronze doors of the Orvieto Cathedral. He was also known for his literary production and poetry, and Italian stamps. His sculpture Lottatore in Riposo (Fighter in Rest) won Honorable Mention in the art competitions at the 1948 London Olympics in the category Mixed Statues.