Piero Pizzi Cannella was born in 1955 at Rocca di Papa.
He starts to paint when he is very young. From 1974 to 1977 he attends Alberto Ziveri's painting course at the Accademy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the same time he enrolls in the Philosophy course at the Sapienza.
The memory is, for over thirty years, the red string of Pizzi Cannella's extremely personal creative journey, expressed through a refined and enigmatic language of cryptic signs, of recurring symbolic traces of an almost esoteric meaning, like the jewel, the dried flower, the chair, the fan, the lizard, where life and the essence of a forgotten past, the nostalgia, the dreams and the collective memories of a present contingent and of a future project are metaphorically condensed. From the performance in the forest of Rocca di Papa (1975) to the works inspired by the narrative art (1977), from the conceptual installations (1977-78) to the “Return to Painting” (1980). From poetry, from philosophy to the journey of the present-day research, in this site the historical-critical acknowledgment of Pizzi Cannella's works unwinds, one of the most emblematic and original artists of a generation that, beyond the schools, critics and market, is the author of a renewed vision of painting from the '80s to today.

He holds his first personal show in 1977, at the La Stanza Gallery of Rome. He sets up his studio in the ex pasta factory Cerere, in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, giving life, together with B. Ceccobelli, G. Dessi, G. Gallo, Nunzio and M. Tirelli, to the San Lorenzo School: he opens the studio to the public on the occasion of the “Ateliers” show, organized in 1984 by A. Bonito Olivia in the ex pasta factory Cerere.

In the same year he exposes his work in Sargentini's L'Attico Gallery in the exhibition “Internals and Figures”, his first personal of oils on canvas, to which the personal shows at the Annina Nosei Gallery of New York, in Berlin at the Galerie Folker Skulima in 1985 and in Basilea at the Galerie Triebold in 1986 followed. He takes part in the collective expositions: The Biennial of Paris (1985), of Venice (1988, 1993), of Istanbul (1989), Quadrennium of Rome (1987), “Post-abstraction” at the Rotonda della Besana of Milan (1987), “Rome in show 1970-79” at the Exposition Palace of Rome (1995), “Italian art. The last forty years. Iconic painting” at the GAM of Bologna (1997), “Orientations of Italian art/Rome 1947-87” in Moscow and, later, in Leningrad. He participates in the first Biennial of Peking in 2003.

Furthermore, he holds during the years diverse personal shows in Italy and abroad: at the Annina Nosei Gallery of New York, with whom he worked between 1985-86 and in 1992; “Gateway of the Orient”, an itinerant exhibition in the museum sites of the ex-Jugoslavia (1989), those that follow are the personals at the Galerie Folker Skulima of Berlin (1989), “War diaries” at the Civic Museum of Gibellina (1991), in the Cannaviello Art Studio of Milan (1990, 1991, 1996), at L'Attico Gallery of Rome in 1991 and in 1996 in Paris in the Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle and in the Galerie Di Meo, with the “Pizzi Cannella” shows in the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala of Siena (1997), “Cards 1980-2001” at the Archeological Museum of Aosta (2001), “Polyptychs” at the Colonna Castle – International Center of Contemporary Art of Genazzano (2003), at the Lo Scudo Gallery of Verona between 2003 and 2004, at the OTTO Gallery of Bologna with which he shall collaborate in 1998 and in 2004, “The Maps of the World” set up in the India Theater in Rome (2004), “Cathedral” at the Macro of Rome (2006-07). From May 16 to September 27, 2009 the Mart of Rovereto celebrates, with a ample anthology of artworks, the work of P. Pizzi Cannella and of the other components of the “San Lorenzo School”. P. Pizzi Cannella, B. Ceccobelli, G. Dessi, G. Gallo, Ninzio and M. Tirelli are the protagonists of this event that, through an accurate selection of works, runs through the most meaningful moments of the creation of the single artists from the beginning of the '80s to the present. Many of the works by Pizzi Cannella are permanently exposed in important public collections; we shall remember those at the Royal Palace of Milan, at the Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna, at the Mumok Museum and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Peking, in the deconsecrated church of San Giorgio in Poggiole (Bologna) and at the MACRO of Rome.