From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Gaetano Liberatore, better known as Tanino Liberatore (born April 12 1953) is an Italian graphic novel author and illustrator of international repute. His best known fictional character is RanXerox. He is also the author of Lucy, l'espoir.
Life and work
Born in Quadri (province of Chieti), Liberatore went to high school in Pescara where he met comics artist Andrea Pazienza. He later finished his architectural studies at the University of Rome. From 1974 to 1978, he designed record covers for RCA. In 1978 he met Stefano Tamburini and published his first work in Tamburini's comics magazine Cannibale. In 1978 Rank Xerox was born, a cyborg-punk, ultra strong creature created by Tamburini. Several stand alone hardcover albums ensued, translated in several languages.
In recent years, Liberatore worked on film projects, often collaborating with Alain Chabat. He acted in Paraboles (2003), Traitement de substitution n°4 (2002), Didier (1997) and was involved in the production design of RRRrrrr!!! (2004), 24 heures de la vie d'une femme (Laurent Bouhnik, 2002) and Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (2002).
- The cover of Frank Zappa's The Man from Utopia album features an illustration by Tanino Liberatore, showing Zappa as RanXerox.
- In 1984 he drew the album cover for the New York City based ska band, The Toasters, first 7inch release, Beat Up. During this time he also created a few 'one of a kind' pieces of art work for Toasters frontman Robert "Bucket" Hingley.
- In a 2002 interview for Greek national television he explains that Frank Zappa, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis are his favorite musicians