Born in San Marino in 1965, after studying in Urbino in 1987 he moved to Milan. In 1989, he made his first short film, La coda, with Mixfilm. From the outset, he showed a special ability to make cinematographic language dialogue with pictorial language, using archive material on which he intervened directly with drawing or acrylic painting. This technique is also present in his subsequent films: La pista (1991), Le Criminel (1993), Pinocchio (1999), Essere morti o essere vivi è la stessa cosa (2000), La piccola Russia (2003) and Briganti senza leggenda (2012). In addition to short films, there are also animations: for television, the theme songs for the 56th Venice Film Festival (1999) and several RAI programmes; for advertising, Levi’s Jeans (1993) and Sambuca Molinari (1995); for cinema, including the theme song for the production company Fandango (1998) and the titles of Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood (2010). In addition to collaborations in video production, including assistant director on Garrone’s film Gomorra (2007), Toccafondo also works in publishing. In addition to Fandango, with which he has worked since 1998 for almost ten years, he has designed for Einaudi, Mondadori, Little More, Giunti, Pulcinoelefante, Salani and Feltrinelli. Since 2014, he has collaborated with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2018, he held a large anthological exhibition at the Galleria Civica in Modena.
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