Known under the stage name SHOUT, Alesandro Gottardo – namesake of the Vicenza cartoonist – was born in Pordenone in 1977. He studied art in Venice and illustration at the IED, European Institute of Design in Milan, then started his own career as an illustrator based in the Italian capital of design and fashion.

Gottardo’s work is clean, almost sharp in the simplicity of shapes, colors and subjects, all reduced to the minimum necessary to express concepts sometimes satirical, other times more conceptual and reflective. The profound reflection on the concept of the message and on the most synthetic and refined way of expressing it is so disruptive as to render each of its illustrations immediately clear and resonant — a shout in the silence of the superficial scroll between Instagram posts and clickbait titles.

“SHOUT manages to investigate human behavior with ironic intimacy and sociological detachment at the same time. Incongruities, discrepancies and involuntary connections that go beyond the simplicity of the images that tell them. Autumn atmospheres, dull colors, minimal elegance.”

—Collater.al

 

 

He collaborates with newspapers such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Esquire, Newsweek, Wired, Le Monde, The Economist and many others — on his website the collaborations cites exceed the hundred.

He has received several international awards (including the 2009 Gold Medal of the Society of Publication Designers for the Animal Spirits illustration, created for the New York Times, three Gold Medals and three Silver Medals by the Society of Illustrators NY) and has exhibited his works in different cities of the world. In 2010 he published with the publisher 27_9 “Mono Shout”, a monograph that collects many of his illustrations made in the last 10 years of work.


© Illustrations by Alessandro Gottardo — alessandrogottardo.com