Ennio Morlotti was born in 1910 in Lecco, Italy.
In 1936, attracted by the works of Giotto, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca, at the age of twenty-six Morlotti leaves his job and moves to Florence for studying at the Art Academy.
In 1937 he goes to Paris where he sees the works of Corot and Courbet, the Impressionists and Cezanne, there he is also struck by the vision of Picasso's Guernica on display at Expo.
In 1939 he enrolls at the Brera Academy where he enters the group Corrente with Ernesto Treccani, Renato Guttuso, Renato Birolli and Bruno Cassinari, which agrees with the theoretical orientations geared to overcoming the rhetoric and the cultural isolation imposed by the fascist regime
Later the artist's attention moves on Cézanne and, especially, on the German Expressionists
In 1945 Morlotti helds his first solo show at Gallery II Camino in Milan and signs Manifesto del nuovo realismo. In 1947 he gets a scholarship for two years in Paris where he meets Picasso and visit his studio,on that occasion he also meets Braque, De Stael, Sartre and Camus. In 1950 after the breaking up of the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti he joins, together with Birolli and Cassinari, the group called Gruppo degli Otto and exhibits at the XXIV Venice Biennale.
In this period he starts working on large scale landscape paintings inspired by a very personal informal naturalism connectable to the artistic research of Pollock, de Koonig and de Stael. Throughout his artistic career he has mostly focused on subjects such as landscape, still life and figure study.
Morlotti has taken part to several edition of the Venice Biennale winning a prize in 1962, He has also been invited to Quadriennale Nazionale d’Arte in Rome in 1986 and 1992.
He died in Milan in 1992.