Tonino Negri was born in Lodi in 1961,
and learned his art form studying under artists and artisans with whom he has collaborated since 1980 in a variety of artistic endeavours involving sculpture-ceramics.
In 1993 he founded the Bottega del Respiro (Breath Workshop) at the Gabbiano Drug Rehabilitation Centre (closed in 2003).
He leads an Applied Arts and Ceramics Artistic Workshop in Lodi.
Tonino Negri creates large scale installations in plazas, parks and in churches, utilising materials other than terra cotta. He also personally oversees the direction of several theatrical projects in collaboration with other directors as theatre set design builder. He has travelled extensively in Italy and abroad in order to explore the world of artisans and art.

"Meditating, studying and experimenting on his own, and by associating with important masters in their workshops in Italy and abroad, along with the subsequent experience as instructor in the rehabilitation centre, have all led Tonino Negri to embody a mature expressiveness, culminating in a recognizable stylistic physiognomy."
Valerio Pilon painter, sculptor and print maker