Guido Scarabottolo

Guido Scarabottolo was born in Sesto San Giovanni in 1947. He graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic and has worked for the most renowned Italian publishers, RAI, major advertising agencies and major national companies. From 2002 to 2015, he designed all the covers for Guanda editions, illustrating most of them. Since 2016, he has been teaching an illustration course at the ISIA in Urbino. Currently, his drawings appear in “Internazionale”, the Sunday newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the “New York Times” and the “The New Yorker”. He has also published several children’s books and numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad have been dedicated to his work. Among the most recent are: “Tempo perso” at Galleria L’Affiche in Milan, “Desenhar desenhos” in Macau, “Elogio della pigrizia” in Cremona and Ferrara, “Sotto le copertine” in Parma, Castiglioncello and Fiesole, “Wish” at EXPO and Galleria L’Affiche, “Smarrimenti” at Palazzo Blu in Pisa, “Cover revolution” at the Italian Cultural Institutes in New York and Dublin, “Signs” at the BASE space in Milan, “Luogo Comune” with Luigi Belli at Galleria L’Affiche and “Viaggio in Islanda” at Torre Mirana in Trento. He lives and works in Milan.

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    Guido Scarabottolo, one of Italy’s best-known and best-loved illustrators, presents in this volume a never-before-seen aspect of his artistic production: not drawings, but a series of thirty-two photographs that the author took during a journey of discovery through Iran, where he was invited on the occasion of the Tehran Book Fair. Deeply fascinated by the places and people he encountered while visiting cities, villages and the desert, Scarabottolo felt the urge to fix his impressions with an instrument that would allow him to capture them quickly. In spite of the unusual medium, all his sensitivity as a man and artist emerges from these shots. He is also capable of casting his gaze on unexpected subjects that manage to render different aspects of the complexity of Persian culture with great simplicity and effectiveness.

    Scarabottolo, graphic designer and illustrator, proves with this work that he is an artist who is not afraid to momentarily abandon his favourite expressive technique and let himself be guided only by his own gaze and curiosity. Edited by Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli, the volume is enriched by a critical text by Andrea Pinotti, lecturer in aesthetics, writer and expert in visual culture.

    Edited by Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli
    Texts by Guido Scarabottolo, Andrea Pinotti, Melania Gazzotti and Giulia Giazzoli
    Photos and illustrations by Guido Scarabottolo
    Book design by Bunker

    21 × 28 cm
    64 pages
    Bound with elastic
    Isbn 978-88-98030-11-8
    First published November 2017