Massimo De Vita was born in Milan as the son of the Italian Disney artist Pier Lorenzo De Vita. He followed his father's footsteps in the Disney comics world, after working in the animation studios of the Pagot Brothers ('Calimero'). After a collaboration with the editorial staff of Topolino, Massimo De Vita drew his first Disney comics in the early 1960s. At first illustrating other writer's stories, he soon took on the scenario work of his comics as well. He is the creator of 'Il Professor Zapotec', who appears in the Italian Disney stories. Massimo De Vita is the main artist on the 'C'era una Volta... in America', about ancestors of Mickey Mouse during important moments in American history. Throughout the years, Massimo De Vita has established himself as one of the best Italian Disney artists.