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Ernesto Cattoni, Italian designer and illustrator

Ernesto Cattoni, Italian designer and illustrator

For his artistic and humorous interest, I want to remember here how last year, the XXIV Edition of Humor in Gallarate, Italy, chaired by Vittorio Pizzolato, paid homage, with a personal exposition, to the legendary cartoonist Ernesto Catto nor (Milan, Italy, 1936), who with his thousands of cartoons published in media everyone, like Famiglia Cristiana, Paris Match, Epoca, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro, Tempo, Panorama, Gardenia, Grazia, among many others, has contributed to praise the value of graphic humor, with its shocking graphic design, and its condition poetic zion.

It is curious to know how this master of smiles, who completed his studies at the Cantonal School of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, worked, in the 1950s, for some time in the Alfa Romeo Style Office (where he will design the line of Alfa 33, Giulia and Alfetta cars). In his spare time and at night he began to draw humorous cartoons, drawing the attention of European publishers, who immediately welcomed him.

Its graphic designs are praised for its precise and exquisite lines, which express the dominance and influence of an international culture.

Cattoni has illustrated several books, including "The Gospel and the Children's Bible" (Ed. San Paolo), also published in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, "Verde Tambi," and "Don't Complain About Love."

Cattoni has participated in numerous graphic humor contests and has received several awards and distinctions.

The drawings of this author, who is now 83 years old, confirm to us that humor is the violation of expectations or rules, where surprise and incongruence are present and provoke, in this case, a benign smile.

By Francisco Punal Suarez

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