Born in 1928 in Bergamo.
Of self-taught formation, he reveals in his first pictorial experiences, dated 1950, an affinity with German Expressionism. In 1956, coming into contact with the innovative demands that gravitate around the Quatiere di Brera in Milan, his work moved towards an informal sphere: in this period he met Costantino Guenzi. From 1959 he stayed for two years in Paris where he attended several ateliers, in particular those of Luigi Guadagnucci, André Blok, Szabo, and Ossip Zadkine. In the French capital, he became close friends with Beniamino Joppolo. In 1961 he returned to Milan where with Ettore Sordini and Angelo Verga he founded the Gruppo del Cenobio, later integrated by Agostino Ferrari, Alberto Lucia, and Ugo La Pietra.
In 1964 he lived at the Quartiere delle Botteghe in Sesto San Giovanni where, together with other painters such as Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Carnà, Lino Marzulli, and Lino Tiné, he tried to bring artistic experiences back into daily life. At the same time, with a contract that engages him for a long series of exhibitions, he binds himself to the architect Arturo Cadario.
In 1967, while frequenting Lucio Fontana, he studied in depth the concept of space, which he would later reappear in his own work. 1975, defined by Vermi as "Lilit", is a milestone both in his life and in his work: in fact, he begins that proposal of happiness that will lead him to the writing of the first issue of "Azzurro" and the "Manifesto del Disengagement".
After moving to Verderio, in Brianza, in the same year, the Ministry of Education commissioned a documentary on his work to be used as an educational support for high schools. In 1978 he resumed and expanded the themes and concepts expressed in the "Manifesto sul Disimpegno": the second issue of "Azzurro" was distributed during the Venice Biennale. The same year he imposed that work of orbit and refraction that would then flow into the cycle of large canvases "Com'era bella la Terra". In 1980 he designed and recorded "La Sequoia", a sort of commandment that, the following year during a trip to Egypt with Antonio Paradiso and Nanda Vigo, he returned to Moses on Mount Sinai. In the same year, his work focuses on the suite "The Colloquia" which will herald the advent of a work of happiness: "L'Annologio".

He died in Paderno d'Adda in 1988.