Lorenzo was raised in Southern California by his Italian sculptor father and French artist mother. He grew up in a world of ethnic blends that enriched his understanding of world culture. After receiving formal art training, he continued on his own to study the Old Masters. At the age of 17 he was awarded a prestigious art scholarship. When he was 20 he was working on national accounts. And by age 22 he was commissioned to paint what became a gift from the United States to Great Britain for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.