Carlo Testi studied painting and graphics from 1920 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but also joined political and Marxist movements. In his last years the Italian painter and illustrator was severely visually impaired. His wife Fides was also an artist and dealt mainly with the futurism of the 1930s and later futuristic art movements.
Testi initially produced furniture, and dealt with graphic design and portrait paintings. His later work was seen as belonging to the movements of Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Cubism, Constructivism, Surrealism, and Purism. Testi was 102 years old when he died.