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Celestino Piatti. Swiss Artist, Painter and Designer.

January 21, 2011

Celestino Piatti (1922-2007) was a Swiss graphic artist, painter and book designer.

He is popular for his illustration work for children’s books, though he also achieved international

success as a designer for Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (DTV), whose books, from 1961 until

the mid-1990s, were designed almost exclusively by Piatti, a total of over 6,300 titles !

In addition to the cover design, he was responsible for typography, Signet, letterheads,

advertisements and posters, providing a uniform identity to the DTV catalog.

A motif that runs through his entire work, is the owl, as a messenger of good luck or misfortune, or as

a symbol of wisdom. 1992 Piatti said in a magazine: “You can draw a thousand times the owl,

but never get its secret”.

I love his fresh strong lines and scratchy details. No wonder kids and adults liked him so much.

There is an interesting interview with Celestino taking about Poster art here.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ssarahlou permalink
    January 24, 2011 7:54 am

    I really like the ‘fox n owl in the trees’ and the ‘2 owls flying past the trees’. His work is incredibly bold…..I wonder if he was as strong a personality ?

  2. September 8, 2012 10:59 am

    I see this work was also featured here http://www.myowlbarn.com/2012/09/collection-celestino-piatti.html

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