Alfredo Volpi was born on April 14, 1896, in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He was a son of Ludovico and Giuseppina Volpi. A year after his birth, the family relocated to São Paulo, Brazil where Alfredo spent the most part of his life.
Although raised in a working class area, the boy became fascinated by art at an early age. He created his first painting which was naturalist at the age of twelve.