Following a BA in Art theory and Theatre (University of Bologna) and a Master degree in Photography and Visual Design (New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan), Massimiliano founded Cromostudio in 2008 – an artistic outlet seeking to explore humanity through languages and worldwide cultural narratives.


Between 2008 and 2014, Massimiliano worked as freelance photographer and writer residing in Stockholm, Toronto and Bologna with work published in art-based magazines specialised in Architecture, Design and Culture. In 2014, wishing to further increase his knowledge of non-Western cultures, Massimiliano embarked on a Masters in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa at SOAS University of London. This was followed in 2015–2019 by a PhD in the same university that brought him to Beijing at Beijing Normal University where he undertook a two-year fieldwork. This period saw Massimiliano travelling extensively in China, allowing him to further explore the Chinese language as an alternative way in which the world can be interpreted.


Massimiliano received the PhD degree for his thesis From metaphysics to aesthetics. Towards the encounter with the other in the perspective of Daoism. He is now involved in research projects – both artistic and academic – where he seeks to use the concept of self-other relationship to promote an alternative understanding of the world. From 2020, he is Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick teaching Philosophy of Comparisons and Chinese Philosophies.