Tonino Gottarelli was born in 1920 in Imola in Vicolo Brullo, which will leave a profound mark on his way of life as he is educated, before elementary school, by a strange gentleman who lives in the same street and who spends his days educating the boys , the smallest in the neighborhood. He attended the Royal Gymnasium B. Rambaldi in Imola and subsequently graduated in philosophy from the University of Urbino. At twenty he wrote the novel L’ideale, which was published during his military service in Parma, in 1942. A year later, in the infantry barracks at the Moncenisio
where he served as second lieutenant, he wrote a short story , The solitaire game, published in Imola. He started painting around the 1950s. In 1953, he published the collection of lyrics, The rain in the city and the following year Where I live, therefore, And of trees nothing has been said yet.