Italian Dilvo Lotti began painting in 1931 with a box of oil colors given to him by his teacher Francesco Chiappelli. He attended the Art Institute of Porta Romana in Firenze where he graduated in 1935, after writing a thesis on Honoré Daumier.
In 1941 Lotti exhibited at the Gallery of Rome and was invited to participate at the Milano Triennale, the Quadrennial of Rome and, in 1942, at the Venezio Biennale. From 1953-85 he worked in fresco, especially in churches. He produced several very large works, such as the Procession of the Discalced and the Martyrdom of Savonarola. Lotti also wrote several historical and artistic studies, most notably a history of San Miniato.