Putzu was born in Rome. He studied art at the Rome Academy. While doing illustration work in Milan in 1948, he met poster artist Enrico de Seta, who took him to Rome to work at the heart of the booming Italian film industry. After four years with De Seta, Putzu felt confident enough to set up his own studio. He worked for, among others, Augusto Favalli, who then controlled a dazzling roster of artists employed by the CinecittÃ film studios. Putzu created some of the most famous Italian film posters of the 50s and early 60s. During this time, Rank, a British film company, began employing Italian artists to work on British film publicity. This lead to his work on many british posters.