Marcello Lupetti survived kidnapping and six months of torture by the Argentine secret police before moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he directed his talents toward computer science, art, and political activism. Lupetti migrated to Germany, where he began his career as a sculptor, focusing on classical works. In 1995, he traveled to the U.S.A. and finally settled in Los Angeles, CA, with Terry Turner, with whom he spent the rest of his life. Turner provided a safe environment for Lupetti to excel as a sculptor, developing a large patron base that purchased his male erotic works in marble, soapstone, and resins. Lupetti exhibited at Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festivals for several years. Lupetti and Turner left Tom of Finland Foundation works to sell with the proceeds going to a fund to assist artists with materials, registration fees for classes and exhibitions, and to aid them with documentation of their artwork.