Precocious artist, already twelve received from the city of Castrogiovanni (today Enna) a monthly pension of 50 liras for his drawing skills. He then moved to Naples where he met the painter Domenico Morelli, who becomes first his master and then his father in law.
After studying at the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples, in 1874, he started being recognized in. Various national competitions in Sicily and Naples.In 1876 he performed his first frescoes in the Chapel Rotunda of the Villa alle due porte. Three years later he moved to Florence, where, through the work of his friend Ettore De Maria Bergler is influenced by the emerging style of macchiaioli, as can be seen in such works as “Recovery” and “country house”.
In the following years he took part in numerous exhibitions around Italy and Europe -not forgetting to come back often to his native land. Betri was an artist much sought for painting on a fresco in the whole Southern Italy, as evidenced by the commission received the Church of Jesus, the Church of Santa Brigida and the Lucchesi Palli Library in Naples (today National Archaeological Museum of Naples), the dome of the Church of St. Alphonsus in Pagani (Salerno), the Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Palermo), as well that the Amalfi Cathedral and the Church of San Domenico Soriano in Frosinone.
1. Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Vetri