Aldo Rota was born in Tavazzano con Villavesco in 1941. After spending many years in Portugal, where he began to draw and paint, he lived and worked at the Certosa di Pavia from 1984 to 2004. It was during the 1980s that his work began to be exhibited in Italy, Switzerland and Portugal, soon after to reach Britain and Russia. In the same period Rota travelled widely in Europe, Japan and the US. He was associated with the Zurich Dada movement and took lessons at the Royal Academy of London. The year 1988 saw the start of his frequent trips to India, where he learned of guru Babaji. He became interested in Hindu philosophy during his frequent visit to ashram, where he also learned the indian techniques of using colour. Between 1995 and 2000 he participated in a series of collective exhibitions organized in aid of the fight against world hunger. When, in 2000, Rota came into contact with the Moscow art scene, he felt encouraged to show his art to a wider public.