Born in Genoa Sampierdarena, he enrolled at the Ligurian Academy in 1844, a pupil of the painter Joseph Island. In 1857 winner of the Pension Durazzo who divided his friend Francesco Semino, he moved to Florence to continue his studies, sharing the accommodation Via San Gallo with Gabriele Castagnola and the sculptor Rivalta. The Barabino was essentially historical and religious painter, although the attendance of the historic Caffè Michelangelo in Florence, the gathering place of the Tuscan Macchiaioli, I walked over to the painting of true, thereby supplementing its traditional script-which, however, it became prevalent throughout its path artistic. In 1864 he was named Academic of Merit of Ligustica. His meticulousness and his constant desire to learn and improve, led him to make numerous trips abroad, especially in France, Spain, Holland. Long would the list of works performed by this great master of painting of the nineteenth century Ligurian, we mention only the main ones: Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, painted for the mosaics of the three lunettes of the façade (1885-87); always at the Uffizi in Florence a self-portrait (1890). In Genoa Palazzo Orsini with works of great value including Colombo in Salamanca oil (1883-1887), oil Archimedes (1882-1883), Galilei in Arcetri oil (1880). Genoa Palazzo Tursi: The munificence, Charity, Peace (1889-90). Sampierdarena, Church of Santa Maria della Cella: Almost olive speciosa in campis (1888); Ceiling Baptism of St. Martin (1864), Banner (1854). His paintings appear, then, in the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, in Genoa at the Gallery of Modern Art and at Ligurian Academy. Among his students remember Luigi Gainotti, Angelo Vernazza (which was beside him until the last days), and GBTorriglia.