Novello Finotti was born in Verona in 1939, he now lives and works between Sommacampagna (VR) and Pietrasanta (LU).
He was a student at Accademia Cignaroli and began exhibiting in 1958, winning a prize at the Exhibition of Sacred Art in Assisi. In 1964 he held a solo exhibition in New York at the Armory Gallery and in 1966 he was invited to participate at the XXXIII Venice Biennale.
In 1972 he held a solo show at Alexander Iolas Gallery in Milan. On that occasion he met Dino Gavina, who was in Milan with Roberto Matta. The gallerist proposed to Gavina to collaborate with the young artist and also Matta, who already knew Finotti’s work because they were using the same foundry, urging Gavina to collaborate with him. From this collaboration Fausto was born, a seat / sculpture imbued with irony, which became part of the Ultramobile collection.
He took part in important exhibitions worldwide, among which: travelling exhibition Scultori Italiani di Oggi (1972); travelling exhibition in Finland, Denmark and Norway Il Bronzetto Italiano (1976); solo show, Jolas Jackson Gallery, New York (1977); Venice Biennale (1984); retrospective, Palazzo Te, Mantova (1986); travelling exhibition in Japan La Scultura Italiana del XX Secolo (1988-89); solo exhibition, Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Refettorio delle Stelline, Milan (1995).
In 2001 he completed the gilded bronze decoration of the altar of Pope Giovanni XXIII in St Peter’s in Vatican and in 2002 he created a large-scale figure in white Carrara marble representing Santa Maria Soledad, positioned in one of the external niches of the Basilica.
From 2002 to 2005 he had solo shows in Malcesine (Verona), Galleria Forni (Milan), Sant’Anna di Stazzema (Lucca) and Abbazia di Rosazzo, Manzano (Udine).