Last Updated on 2023/08/27
The Art of Antonio Rubino
Antonio Rubino, influenced by the Liberty style, has often been associated with Futurism for his surreal illustrations.
Antonio Rubino, born in Sanremo in 1880 and died in Bajardo in 1964, was an Italian illustrator and cartoonist, one of the founders of the historical magazine Corriere dei Piccoli, for which reality he created and conceived numerous characters.
Antonio Rubino is one of the most important Italian illustrators in Italy before the First World War.
Antonio was the son of Giovanbattista Rubino, banker, botanist and gold prospector, and Maria Sarlandiére.
Since adolescence, he has dedicated himself to poetry and as a self-taught to drawing. In 1902 he began his career as an artist, influenced by the liberty style.
In those years he began to work for some newspapers and magazines such as the Giornalino della Domenica, the Secolo XIX, La Lettura, l’Avanti, and from 1907 he entered the editorial staff of the new children’s publication “Corriere dei Piccoli”.
During this period he created a series of new characters such as Quadratino, Nonna Geometria, Viperetta, Rosaspino, and Spinarosa, and others.
He is credited with replacing the balloons of the American comics, with captions in rhyme at the foot of the cartoon.
In the same period, he also designed the Italian version of some famous American comics such as Fortunello (Happy Hooligan) and Arcibaldo and Petronilla (Maggie and Jiggs).
During the First World War, he collaborated with illustrations of the newspaper shipped to the soldiers on the frontline.
In 1931 he returned to the Corriere dei Piccoli, and then again after the Second World War. In these years he directed Topolino (Mickey Mouse) magazine, Albi d’Oro, and Paperino (Donald Duck).
In 1942 his short film “Nel Paese dei Ranocchi” won the prize for its category at the Venice Film Festival.
Image source: il Corrierino dei Piccoli, wikimedia,
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