Pericle Fazzini was an Italian painter and sculptor. His large sculpture, La Resurrezione, is installed in the Aula Paolo VI in the Vatican City in Rome. Fazzini was born on 4 May 1913 at Grottammare, in the province of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche, to Vittorio Fazzini and Maria Alessandrini. As a boy he worked with his brothers in the family carpentry workshop, where he learned to carve wood. In 1930, with the help of the poet Mario Rivosecchi, he moved to Rome to study at the Scuola libera del nudo.
In 1931, he won a competition in Catania to design a monument to cardinal Dusmet; it was never made. In 1932 he took part in a competition for the Pensionato Artistico Nazionale of the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, the Italian ministry of arts and education, and with his low-relief Uscita dall'arca won a two-year bursary.