Calendar 2004

Altan 2004

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In Altan’s figurative grammar, the distinctive mark, the central metaphor of the degradation (be it either accepted or suffered) is in the disproportionate evidence of the noses. But here, the women appear, in the quality of the sign, quite unscathed by the deforming intention: the nose is metonymically cited (the part for the whole) with the nasal cavities hinted at with two small, spare ringlets.
Their attitude, between the sensual and the hieratic, is that of the Paleoveneto goddesses – Rèitia, Trimùsia – who inhabited the unseen world of Altan’s birth places. The images Altan offers us of them belong to a repertoire of quiet, peaceful invention, even if, like all the Sybils, these women do not cease to communicate apprehension. But unlike their sisters from Delphi or Cumae, Altan’s Sybil–women bring the add–on of a human trait that is transmitted by their expression as naive frankness and innocence; and in those bodies there seems to be a clue to some possible, mild motherhood.



Born in Treviso in 1942, he now lives in Aquileia.
After his initial studies in Bologna, he studied architecture in Venice and at the end of the 1960s moved to Rome. His work as a set designer and screenwriter for television and film began here, along with his work as a cartoonist and book illustrator. After moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1970, where he worked for Brazilian cinema, in 1972 he created his first comic-strip for children, which was published by an important local daily paper, and in 1974 began working as a cartoonist for several Italian newspapers.
He returned to Italy in 1975 with his Brazilian wife and daughter, living first in Milan and then in Aquileia. That same year marked the "birth" of Pimpa, the famous children’s character whose stories, published regularly in the "Corriere dei Piccoli", were then published by Franco Panini Ragazzi. His first cartoons for adults also appeared in that year in "Linus", a periodical with which he then worked regularly, while his famous satirical cartoons also came out regularly from that time in "La Repubblica" and "L’Espresso".
In 1977 he published a collection of his first "strip" Trino, followed by numerous other books. Many of these are dedicated to Cipputi, another of his famous characters, but there are also cartoon novels, illustrated stories and books for children, published in Italy not only by Panini, but also by Bompiani, E.Elle, Emme, Einaudi Ragazzi and Glenat Italia. Authors illustrated by Altan include T.S. Eliot, Gogol, Antonio Porta, Gianni Rodari and Jonathan Swift. Many of his books have been published in France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Holland, Greece, Argentina and Japan. But Altan has not abandoned his original enthusiasm for film and performance: he worked on the Italian-French-Spanish television co-production of two series of films based on Pimpa, which were then repeated in other countries and awarded "Cartoons on the Bay" (Amalfi 1997) and the "Grand Prix l’Enfant Lune" (Geneva 1999). Altan has also won prizes, including: "Capri per il Giornalismo" (1992), "Grinzane Junior", "Pozzale" and "È Giornalismo" (2001); the latter was assigned to him by Giorgio Bocca and Enzo Biagi ("because, with a capacity for information and extraordinary synthesis, his cartoons take on an importance not inferior to an in-depth article") and as part of the 2002 Mantua "Festivaletteratura", the prize set up by the Lombardy regional administration for the most requested author in public libraries. Exhibitions of his work have been held in many Italian cities and in Paris, Belgium and Switzerland.