After graduating in law, Luigi Gioli was drawn to painting, following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Francesco. He came into contact with the Post-Macchiaioli painters, with whom he practised on subjects from rural life, mainly drawn from the Tuscan countryside. On a trip to Paris in 1878, he became acquainted with the work of Edgar Degas, expanding his own repertoire with new themes taken from urban life and equestrian subjects. He remained attached to macchia painting, specialising in Maremma landscapes featuring animals, and it was this style that distinguished his work at the Esposizione d’Arte della Città di Venezia in 1887 and the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. Towards the end of the 19th century he went to the Adriatic coast to paint with his brother. He participated in the major Italian exhibitions at the beginning of the 20th century, in particular the Exposizione Universale in Rome in 1911.