Luigi Mainolfi was born in Rotondi (Valle Caudina), Italy in 1948.
After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples, he moved to Turin. In 1970, ”Arte Povera”, the most innovative artistic movement in Italy, began and Mainolfi’s work became centered on the analysis of his own body and on gestures, using performance as a vehicle of expression. The 1980's were marked by radical changes in his artistic thinking. Mainolfi manifested a coherent personal style that involved sculpture made from nature’s materials -- clay, chalk, and volcanic rock -- as well as cast bronze. The artist aims to recast the act of making sculpture, using the earth’s “origins” as a starting point. Through his sculpture, Mainolfi mixed elements of past popular culture with the memory of his own artistic identity.