Mario Abbatepaolo was born in Polignano a Mare, Italy, a small town near Bari. His artistic background includes studies at the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Bari . There he specialized in design and fine art ceramics. In Italy, he also worked as a graphic designer. Later, in New York, he studied at the International Center of Photography.

His work has been exhibited in fine art galleries, including the W Photography Gallery in Provincetown, Massacchussets; the Wohlfarth Gallery in Washington D.C.; International Arts Center Louisville-Kentucky; Tulla Booth Gallery of Sag Harbor NY; Galeria Zero of Barcelona, Spain; M View Gallery in Danbury, CN; The Benson Gallery, NY; City Museum of Washington DC; New Century Gallery, Photo District Gallery and SohoPhoto Gallery of New York City. His work is included in private collections.