Osvaldo Barbieri (later Barbieri Oswaldo Terribile, BOT) was born in Piacenza on 17 July 1895. He irregularly follows Francesco Ghittoni's courses at the Gazzola Art Institute in Piacenza. Then in Milan to the Humanitarian Society and then to Brera, always with the same discontinuous modality. In 1928 he met Futurism through the work of Depero, Fillia, Prampolini. The following year, 1929, he met Filippo Tommaso Marinetti who blessed his work and for a long time supported him in some Milanese exhibitions and in editorial production.
In 1940 he returned with many difficulties to Italy and, due to the war, retired to the countryside where a new artist was born: he returned to landscapes, but ethereal landscapes, made of dilapidated houses, figures and still lifes that create in some ways abstract atmospheres .
After the war he met Lucio Fontana in Albisola, approached ceramics and even poetry. He set up exhibitions and in 1951 participated in the VI Quadrennial in Rome . He died in Piacenza on 9 November 1958 in poverty.
His works include the books Fauna futurista and Flora futurista, with illustrations.