Ernesto Cattoni, Italian designer and illustrator
By Francisco Punal Suarez
For his artistic and humorous interest, I want to remember here how last year, the XXIV Edition of Humor in Gallarate, Italy, presiding over Vittorio Pizzolato, paid tribute to the legendary cartoonist Ernesto Cattoni (Milan, Italy, 1936). ), who with its thousands of cartoons published on media around the world, such as Famiglia Cristiana, Paris Match, Epoca, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, Tempo, Panorama, Gardenia, Grazia, among many others, has helped to highlight the value of the graphic humor, with its shocking graphic design, and poetic condition.
Funny to know how this smiles master, who completed his studies at the Cantonal School of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, worked in the 1950 s for some time at the Alfa Romeo Style Office (where he will design the Alpha 33 car line, Giulia and Alfetta). In his free time and at night he began drawing humorous vignettes, attracting the attention of European publishers, who immediately welcomed him.
Its graphic designs are praised for its precise and exquisite lines, which express the mastery and influence of an international culture.
Cattoni has illustrated several books, including ′′ The Gospel and the Bible of Children ′′ (Ed. San Paolo), also published in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, ′′ Verde also ", and ′′ Don't complain about love ".
Cattoni has participated in numerous graphic humor shows and has received several awards and distinctions.
The drawings of this author, who is already 83 years old, confirm that humor is the violation of expectations or rules, where surprise and inconsistency are present and cause, in his case, a benign smile.