Gianni De Conno (Milan, 1957 – Milan, 26 August 2017)

Illustrator and president of the Association of illustrators from 2005 to 2007, he followed a training course rich in different experiences (he studied at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan) even though in the wake of creativity applied to drawing.

After high school he attended the set design and animation courses held at the Film School and from here he began his career as a set designer and storyboard writer. In his work as an illustrator he used both traditional techniques (acrylic, oil) and digital painting, De Conno in 2008 contributes to founding the Bandalarga group in Milan and from 2009 to 2012 he takes care of the image and graphics of the MiMaster project of Illustration Editorial, conceived in 2009 with the production of the Scuola del Fumetto of Milan and continued from 2010 with the OPPI Association specialized in training and accredited by the MIUR and the Lombardy Region. In 2010 the Lucca Comics & Games festival dedicated an anthological exhibition of his career to him. Struck by a tumor, he died on August 26th 2017. In March 2018 the Bologna Children’s Book Fair dedicated a posthumous exhibition to him, curated by Ivan Canu (friend, colleague at the Studio Bandalarga in Milan and Director of Mimaster Illustration), by his daughter Costanza India De Conno, by Patrizia Zerbi (publisher of Carthusia) and by Fabio Toninelli (Tapirulan Association), who also stops in Cremona (Tapirulan Association) and in Milan (Formentini Laboratory for Publishing)

It has been published by: Bayard, Black Cat, Bohem Press, Carthusia, Casterman, Computer World Magazine, De Agostini, Fabbri RCS, Fatatrac, Gallimard, Giunti, Grimm Press, Finmeccanica, Hachette, Hermes Paris, Interline, Yale University Magazine, Lapis , Lorenzo Marini & Associates, Milan, Princes & Principles, Purple Bear Books NY, Random House NY, Salani, Sterling Publishing NY, Vicen Vives.

Group and personal exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, France, United States.


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