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Mattotti, Lorenzo

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist, Comics.

(1954-    ) Italian Comic-strip artist whose work combines Futurist and Vorticist forms with Expressionist colour. Born in Brescia, he studied architecture before turning to comics in the late 1970s, with José Munoz (1942-    ) as his mentor. With other like-minded young artists, he formed the Valvoline group to "explore the frontiers of progressive fumetti [comic strips]". His first success came with Il Signor Spartaco ["Mr Spartaco"] (graph 1982), about a man whose dreams of his childhood fears and anxieties affect his hold on reality. Mattotti's masterpiece is Fuochi ["Fires"] (1985 Alter; trans as Feux graph 1986; trans as Fires graph 1988), about a battleship visiting a magical island. The story climaxes in a furious Expressionist inferno. Other works include: Labyrinthi ["Labyrinths"] (graph 1989); L'uomo alla finestra ["The Man at the Window"] (graph 1992), a long Graphic Novel done in black-and-white line, written with Lilia Ambrosini; Murmur (graph 1993), written by Jerry Kramsky; and Docteur Jekyll & Mister Hyde (graph 2002 Belgium), again written by Kramsky, which won the 2003 Eisner Award for best US edition of foreign material after it was reprinted in English. [RT/JP]

Lorenzo Mattotti

born Brescia, Lombardy, Italy: 24 January 1954


  • Le Signor Spartaco (Paris: Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1983) [graph: pb/Lorenzo Mattotti]
  • Feux (Paris: Seuil, 1986) [graph: pb/Lorenzo Mattotti]
    • Fires (New York: Catalan Communications, 1988) [graph: trans of the above title: pb/Lorenzo Mattotti]
  • Doctor Nefasto (Paris: Éditions Albin Michel, 1989) [graph: pb/Lorenzo Mattotti]
  • Murmur (London: Penguin Books, 1993) written by Jerry Kramsky [graph: pb/]
  • Docteur Jekyll & Mister Hyde written by Jerry Kramsky (Tournai, Belgium: Casterman, 2002) [graph: pb/Lorenzo Mattotti]


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