Balistreri was born on March 21, 1922 in Sardinia. He received art lessons from an early age and his skills were not hidden from his teacher. Because of this, he was allowed to work on church paintings as a painter and restorer in his youth. Angelino Balistreri continued his artistic training and was awarded the Premio Andaldo for his work in 1936.
After the outbreak of World War II, he volunteered for the British Army’s Special Air Service in 1941.
After the end of World War II, Balistreri took up his work as a painter again. He deals with landscapes, flowers, people and religious subjects. Years of artistic development followed, finding much inspiration in Venice and the Scuola Romana in Rome. In 1960 his depression took him and his family from Italy to the south of France. During this time he made many trips to North Africa, the Middle East and Madagascar. At that time of his life, he neglected painting.
After his return to Italy in 1970, Balistreri made contact with the Roman gallery Astrolabio, which led to a fruitful collaboration. The exotic and religious symbols gained in importance in his work. Another artistic development was the intensive coloring of his works. He also turned to plastics with increasing age. Balistreri continued to work well into old age. He died in Macerata Hospital in 2015.