Banelli was born in the city of Vranje, located in the southern part of Serbia. In the 1990s the Society of Art and Craftsmanship in Skopje Macedonia recognized him as a prominent artist. His delight in the familiar views of everyday life is transmitted to canvas with joy and gentle fantasy. Sometimes called an impressionist, he explores the play of sunlight in domestic interiors in an exuberant style that is extremely close to impressionism. His other favorite subjects include landscapes, nudes, acts, portraits and abstracts applied in various techniques such as aquarelle, acrylic, oil, graphite and pastel.
Banelli started his career in architecture but with time his natural talent and ideas switched over to canvas. Since then he has been able to create a significant volume of oil paintings, concept paintings and ornaments related to the folklore art culture of the Balkan region. His talent is not only expressed by his paintings but also through the preparation of the canvas, frame and materials, which are all made by him as well. Orthodox in belief, he expresses his charisma and personality best through domestic elements and numerous icons. One of his most renowned pieces of art is the mosaic floor commissioned by the memorial center Makedonium in the city of Krusevo. His paintings are prominently displayed in numerous institutions, companies, medical centers and galleries.