Antonio Ballero is one of the most active characters of the cultural scene of Nuoro and Sardinia between the 19th and 20th century. He was the precursor of a real authentic Sardinian art style and of the ferment that went on in the Island since the first decade of the 20th century: he could actually become the exponent not only of a rural and archaic Sardinia, rooted in its secular traditions, but also of an urban Sardinia, open to progress and modernity. After his classical studies in Cagliari and a long hesitation between literature and visual arts, his eclectic soul, along with his noble status, made him finally choose painting. Over the years he devoted himself to working as a teacher and to several exhibition projects in the Island and in the peninsula, where he could show the progressive evolution of his style, the new techniques that he experimented, and, above all, the desire to tell the beauty of his land and the customs and traditions of its inhabitants visually. Along with painting, the artist also focused on photography, by which he showed his sentimental and documentary style, as well as his great love for the Sardinian landscape and its people.