Marco Lodola was born in Dorno (Pavia).
He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and Milan, and concluded his studies by discussing a thesis on the Fauves, who with Matisse will be a point of reference for his work, as well as Fortunato Depero and Beato Angelico.
In the early 1980s, around the Luciano Inga Pin gallery in Milan, he founded the New Futurism movement with a group of artists, of which the critic Renato Barilli was the main theorist.
Since 1983 he has exhibited in large Italian and European cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Lyon, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam.
He has participated in exhibitions and projects for important industries such as Swatch, Coca Cola, Vini Ferrari, Titan, Grafoplast, Harley Davidson, Ducati, Riva, Illy (series of designer cups), Francis Francis, Dash, Carlsberg, Nonino, Valentino, Coveri, Fabbri, I Mirabili, Shenker, Seat, Lauretana, Smemoranda, Gierre Milano and Calze Gallo..
In 1994 he was invited to exhibit by the government of the People's Republic of China in the premises of the former archives of the imperial city of Beijing.
In 1996 he began working in the United States in Boca Raton, Miami and New York.
He participated in the XII Quadrennial of Rome and the VI Biennial of Sculpture in Montecarlo.
Several of his collaborations with contemporary writers including Aldo Busi, Claudio Apone, Marco Lodoli, Giuseppe Pulina, Tiziano Scarpa and Giuseppe Cederna, and with musicians: the 883s of Max Pezzali, Timoria, Jovanotti, Andy (Bluvertigo), Syria, Nick the Nightfly, Steve Vai and RON.
In the summer of 1998, on behalf of Saatchi & Saatchi, he executed the designs for the posters in Piazza del Popolo in Rome, for Puccini's Opera Tosca.
In 2000 Lodola, always linked to the theme of dance, was commissioned by the Teatro Massimo of Palermo to create Gli avidi lumi, four luminous totems six meters high, depicting significant episodes of the nine operas on the bill. For the occasion, a video-documentary by Sergio Pappalettera was made.
The sculptures will remain located in the major city squares, as has already happened in Montecarlo, Riccione, Faenza, Bologna, Paestum and at Castello Visconteo di Pavia, San Paolo di Brasile and Versiliana.
He was the author of the works awarded to the winners of the 2001 edition of the Nonino Literary Prize.
In 2001 he was commissioned to take care of the image of the Venice Carnival. For the occasion, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation organized the Futurismi exhibition in Venice with works by him and by Fortunato Depero.o.
In June 2002 he created the light sculpture Full Beer dedicated to the figure of the great entrepreneur Venceslao Menazzi Moretti, which was placed in the new city park of Udine, where the first factory of the famous beer stood.
In 2003 he created the luminous Venerea as part of the Venere unveiled exhibition by Umberto Eco held at the Palazzo delle Belle Arti in Brussels, for which he also supervised the installation of the external facade and the Controluce exhibition at Palazzo del Turismo in Riccione which in 2004 was transferred to São Paulo (Museo Brasileiro da Escultura Marilisa Rathsam), Rio de Janeiro (Museo de Arte Moderna), Mexico City (Polyforum Siqueiros), and to the Museo Regional de Guadalajara.
In 2005 he created a poster for the Turin Winter Olympics, a collection of furniture for Mirabili, the pink jersey for the 88 Giro d'Italia, the logo for Renzo Arbore's Special for You ... program, as well as the new image of Roxy bar for Red Ronnie.ie.
In 2006 another luminous sculpture was placed at the international airport of Mexico City, and for Christmas a sculpture in Piazza di Spagna (Rome). He also created the image of the centenary of Gandhi’s peace movement.
In 2007 he created the logo for the 50 years of ARCI, the image of the 70 Maggio Fiorentino, the logo for the Myths of Music for Volkswagen, the image for the 100 years of Fiat Avio, and the 110 years of the foundation of Juventus , and the Air One brand. He also creates the scenography for the Modeland television broadcast.d”.
In 2008 he set up the facade of the Ariston and the Casino for the 58 San Remo Festival and the sets for the film This night is still ours with Nicolas Vaporidis. On the occasion of the European Canoe Championships in Milan he created a luminous canoe and for the Stav Festivalbus, a bus decorated with some works. In October he created a light installation on the facade of Palazzo Penna in Perugia, on the occasion of the Infinita Città exhibition, curated by Luca Beatrice and set up the Rock'n'Music Planet in Milan in Piazza del Duomo, the first rock museum in Italy. Europe, with 25 sculptures representing musical myths.sicali.
Some works were used in the scenography of Max Leonidas' Backward film. He participated in the 53rd edition of the Venice Biennale in 2009 with the installation Balletto Plastico, dedicated to the Futurist Theater. He created the FIAT LUX light sculpture for the Mirafiori MotorVillage in Turin. He set up the scenography for some episodes of XFACTOR, for the film Ti Presento un Amici by Carlo Vanzina, with Raul Bova and Maschi contro Femmine by Fausto Brizzi. He revisited the logo for the Montebianco tunnel. He designed the image of the Umbria Jazz 2010 poster, took part in the Shanghai International Expo and created an iconic sculpture for the Hilton Hotel group. In 2011 he collaborated with Citroen for an installation in the center of Milan called Citroen Full Electric, he created a series of sculptures for the 25th anniversary of the Giuliano Fujiwara fashion house and the sets for Vivienne Westwood's fall winter 2012 men's fashion show. He created the work Mother Nature for the anti-tetanus campaign for Dash in collaboration with Unicef. He participated in the 54th Venice Biennale with the project curated by Vittorio Sgarbi Cà Lodola, installation at the G. Franchetti Gallery at the Cà d'Oro.alla Cà d’Oro.
In 2012 he exhibited at Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence an exhibition dedicated to the Italian Renaissance curated by Luca Beatrice. With the Nuovo Futurismo Group he exhibited in Rovereto at Casa Depero and in Milan at Spazio Oberdan.
He collaborated with Sanrio-Hello Kitty for a charity project in favor of Emergency.
Some works are in the scenography of the Metropolis program for the Comedy Central channel and The Apprentice with Flavio Briatore.
He exhibited in Geneva for the Bel Air Fine Art Gallery.
He created the theatrical sets for Enzo Iacchetti's Chiedo Excuse to Mr. Gaber 'show..
In September 2013, the Red Dragon sculpture was inaugurated at the Museo del Parco - International Center for Outdoor Sculpture in Portofino.
In October 2013 he placed the light sculpture Pegaso for Class Horses. He created the Excalibur sculpture for the 2013-2014 edition of X-Factor.
At the beginning of 2014 he collaborated with Gianluca Grignani and RON for the covers of their records.
In April 2014 he exhibited in Moscow for Harmont & Blaine with exceptional godmother Sofia Loren.
In May 2014 he exhibited at the MAM in Cosenza in collaboration with the Avangart gallery. In June 2014 he inaugurated a solo exhibition in the Evita Peròn Museum in Buenos Aires and at the Museo du Football in San Paulo on the occasion of the World Cup in Brazil.
In autumn 2014 he created the Ponticino ’lighting on the Ponte dell’Impero in Pavia..
In 2015 he placed the Eden sculpture in Piazza del Duomo in Milan for Mondadori. It is also present at EXPO ITALIA within the Treasures of Italy exhibition curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and at the Spazio Gentile in Giovinazzo with the Avangart Gallery. He illuminated the village of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina and set up the stage for the Stadium tour. He created the scenography for the eleventh edition of Andrea Bocelli's Teatro del Silenzio and for the film Let You Go by Toni Servillo. In 2017 he set up the stage for the concert of Danilo Rea, Gino Paoli and Paolo Rossi at the Fortezza Santa Barbara in Pistoia.Rossi.
He placed two luminous sculptures in the city of Alessandria, dedicated to the figure of Napoleon and Borsalino.
In 2018, on the occasion of the 15 years of the Milanese club Blue Note, he set up the facade and installed sculptures inside.
In the summer of 2018, he exhibited a series of light sculptures at the Royal Palace of Caserta, in the Tempus-Time exhibition curated by Luca Beatrice.e.