Though born in Germany, Massimo Campigli spent most of his life and career in Italy. As he began to emerge as an artist he befriended artists Carlo Carra and Umberto Boccioni and quickly became associated with Futurism and the European avant garde. His career was interrupted when he went into military service during World War I. After the war he continued to create art, working on several major fresco mural projects. His works show evidence of the influence of other famous artists of his day such as Picasso as well as his fascination with ancient Egyptian art and culture.