Cinzia Ghigliano (Cuneo, Italy, 1952) started her career as a cartoonist in 1976, on the magazine Linus. Two years later, she was awarded with the prestigious Yellow Kid as the Italian Cartoonist of the Year. Along with the scriptwriter Marco Tomatis, she has created some memorable serial characters – such as Isolina, Lea Martelli, Solange – whose series were also featured on high-circulation magazines. Especially Solange, who debuted in 1984, was translated in different languages.
In the following years, Cinzia Ghigliano published several stories for children and teenagers on Il Corriere dei Piccoli. She also published some information comics for Montedison, Italian Touring Club, European Parliament, Slow Food, and more; her book La storia della chimica a fumetti (“A Comics History of Chemistry”), written with scriptwriter Luca Novelli, was awarded with the Andersen Prize for Scientific Information.
Cinzia Ghigliano’s paintings and figures are nowadays found in many private and public collections, such as the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Bruxelles, the Angouleme Museum in France, and the Lisbon Museum in Portugal. Her work as a children’s illustrator has become more intense in the last years; she has collaborated with Italian most important publishing houses, and received many prestigious awards. In 2003 she was awarded with the Caran d’Ache for the Year’s Best Illustrator.
In recent times, she has also devoted herself to paintings, and achieved great success with her exhibitions. Among them, those inspired by novelist and poet Cesare Pavese, poet Ignazio Buttita, Fabrizio De Andrè’s sounds and songs, Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River’s translators, and a series of paintings dedicated to “reading women”. She teaches illustration and comics classes at the Accademia Pictor and at the European Institute of Design in Turin.