Elica Balla was born in Rome in 1904. She led a sheltered life, beside her father, the famous futurist artist Giacomo Balla (Turin 1871 – Rome 1958). Instead of going to school, she was taught at home by private tutors and from a very young age was made, along with her sister Luce, to translate their father’s works into tapestries. During the war, she devoted herself to painting outside in nature, as well as creating intimate portraits of herself and her family. She participated in some futurist exhibitions in Venice, Milan and Trieste, but aside from this her life was devoted to perpetuating her father’s fame. She died in Rome in 1994.