Marinella Pirelli was born in Verona in 1925. After a period in Milan, she moved to Rome and attended courses at the Academy of Fine Arts before working for Filmeco production company in 1951. She married Giovanni Pirelli in 1953 and moved to Varese with her two children in 1963, although retaining her Rome studio, which was frequented by local art-milieu figures such as Enrico Castellani, Mario Ceroli, Mario Merz, Iannis Kounellis and Piero Dorazio. In the 1960s she started investigating avant-garde cinema and light. Her experimental work led to Filmambiente â€“ Environmental Screen and the Meteore series. In 1973, Giovanni Pirelli died in a traffic accident and she went through a period of isolation. A few years later, on returning to Varese, she continued her poetic and artistic investigation of light. Her latter years were very active and nine collective and six individual exhibitions were held from 2003 until her death in 2009.