|Born||14 July 1957|
Corral de Bustos, Argentina
|Known for||illustration, conceptual art, production designer|
Chichoni was born in a desolate hamlet in Corral de Bustos, province of Córdoba, and is self-taught in art. He published his first comic books pictures at the age of 17 for the Argentine publisher Record, and soon his work was paralleled to that of some famous authors like Alberto Breccia, Juan Zanotto and Juan Giménez.
Following this period as a comic book artist, Chichoni devoted himself to painting. He spent two times studying under the painter Álvaro Izurieta, and began to draw book covers for several publishers, becoming soon renowned in all the world for his powerful and well-detailed anatomies.
In the second half of the 1980s he moved to Europe, collaborating and winning various awards. His main collaboration is for the Italian editor Arnoldo Mondadori's science fiction series Urania and its spin-offs.
Since 1995, Chichoni has been working as free-lance, mainly as conceptual creator for films. He collaborated on the graphic part of the videogames Starship Titanic by Douglas Adams and Broken Sword 3. He won an Academy Award as art director for the film Restoration by Michael Hoffman. In 2000 he published Mekanika, his first collection of artworks.
Chichoni's best-known style combines mechanical intricacy and sensuality in a striking statement of Art Deco reborn. He is a man of many pencils, and is capable of countless other styles hard-edged, gothic, impressionist, almost anything that might fire the imagination.
- In Argentina, Premio Mas Alla as best illustrator.
- In Spain, Premio 1984 as best cover artist and for the best cover.
- In Italy, Caran d'Ache at the Lucca Comics.
- Fierro (Argentina)
- Playboy (Argentine and Spanish edition)
- Totem (Spain)
- Minotauro (Argentina and Spain)
- Zona 84 (Spain)
- Urania (Italy)
- Classici Urania (Italy)
- Altri Mondi (Italy)
- L'Eternauta (Italy)
- Métal hurlant magazine (France)
- USA Magazine (France)
- Heavy Metal (USA)
- Starship Titanic (1998)
- Broken Sword 3: the Sleeping Dragon (2003)
- Necrocide: The Dead Must Die (cancelled)