Initially Franco Minei was a playwright and man of the theater. He began to paint in a realistic manner in 1944. After studying with Di Chirico and Guttuso he developed a unique form of absurb realism that is essentially theatrical in tone. Minei is one of the Founders of the New Roman School.
He emigrated to New York in the 1970s and has had numerous exhibtions throughout the United States, Europe and South American. Currently he divides his time between New York and Cape Cod where several outer cape galleries are featuring his paintings and pastels in the summer of 2002.