Emilio Pettoruti was born in La Plata. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of la Plata and soon after the first shows he left for Italy in 1913. Noted for the refinement and impeccable craftsmanship of his work, Pettoruti received training in the fine arts at the Royal Academy in Florence beginning in 1913 and became associated with the Futurist moment. He exhibited in Italy and Germany and while working in Paris met Juan Gris who became a close friend. After returning to Buenos Aires in 1924 he had a revolutionary exhibit at the Salon Witcomb where his Futurist and Cubist works were exhibited for the first time and were championed by the progressive art group Martin Fierro. Pettoruti once said that for him painting was only about color and construction. His paintings frequently include a player of the banoneon or small accordion, the instrument most closely associated with tango.