In 1968 he emigrated to Canada, where he obtained his degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Windsor.
Marco began painting in the early 1980s, having moved from Rome to Namur in Belgium. Under the influence of Eugenio Barra, a painter and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, whom he had met in the capital in 1979 and from whom he bought many works, Marco began gathering information on artistic techniques, eventually discovering oil painting as the perfect medium through which to express himself. The incipit of his art can be seen in the painting “Latin America: The General U$ed”, a work described as "a masterpiece" by the Chinese painter and critic Zhang Runshi (“Chinese Art” magazine no. 41, 15 October 2005).
From 1980 to 1999 Marco moves from Belgium to other countries such as Ethiopia, Great Britain and Colombia. 1999 is a decisive year: he establishes himself in Beijing (China) where after a short time he becomes a well-known artist.
By 2003, Marco had begun to showcase his paintings to tens of thousands of art lovers and collectors at major international exhibitions in Beijing and Canton. Making his debut in the October of that same year, he participated in the Sixth Beijing International Art Exhibition. His appearance was greeted with public and critical acclaim. To quote but one review by the Chinese poet and painter Wang Xunsheng: "Marco is an outstanding contemporary painter: Italian art has found its heir."
On October 6, 2003 Prof. Ariel Dorfman wrote to Marco: "Dear friend, I was moved and impressed by your paintings and congratulate you on the current exhibition in Beijing... Have these paintings ever been used to illustrate the cover of books? I have noticed several that would be good for some of my own (fictional) work...". On October 12 he added: "And again congratulations on your work which is thoughtful, moving, provocative, and often brings a sort of puzzled delight...".
Marco's sensational popularity with the Chinese media has given his reputation an enormous boost. The prestigious monthly magazine "China Today", founded by the wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Founding Father of the People's Republic of China, was one of the first to sit up and take note. The fourth edition of “China Today” (April 2004) published a three-page feature on Marco, including an interview conducted by Dr. Hu Chunhua, Director of the French edition ("La Chine au Présent").
His success didn’t stop there. In 2004, Marco was awarded the “Golden Prize” at the Seventh Beijing International Art Exhibition, attracting the attention of major national television networks, including CCTV (the equivalent of BBC in the United Kingdom) and “China International Investment Media Network TV." The media frenzy continued in the printed press, with Marco’s work being praised in newspapers such as "Canton News", "The Canton Journal" and magazines such as "Famous People in Beijing", "Beijing Tatler" and "Collections of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy”.