After spending his childhood in Cortona, he moved to Rome at a very young age. In the capital he met Giacomo Balla, an already established painter and one of the protagonists of Italian divisionism. Thanks to his friendship with Balla, Severini came into contact with another talented young painter: Umberto Boccioni. Giacomo Balla will start the two young men with the divisionist technique.
Not finding in Rome the success hoped for in Rome, Severini moved to Paris in 1906, approaching Seurat's pointillist technique.
In 1910 Severini, together with Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà and Luigi Russolo, joined the Manifesto of futurist painters. From the French capital, the artist plays an important role of connection between the Parisian environment and the Italian futurist group.