Argentina: death of designer Quino, creator of Mafalda

The Argentine cartoonist, Joaquin Lavado, known as Quino, in front of his character of Mafalda, in Buenos Aires, in 2014. REUTERS / Enrique Marcarian

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Creator of Mafalda, Argentinian designer Joaquin Salvador Lavado, known as Quino, died Wednesday at the age of 88, his editor, Daniel Divinsky announced.

The mischievous little girl with the black hair is an orphan. 


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“Quino is dead.

All the good people in the country and around the world will mourn him, ”he wrote on his Twitter account.

Se murió Quino.

Toda la gente buena en el país y en el mundo, lo llorará.

  Daniel Divinsky (@ DanielDivi1) September 30, 2020

Entered the School of Fine Arts in Mendoza at the age of 13, the Argentine region where he was born on July 17, 1932, this Andalusian son had stopped his studies early to devote himself to his passion: humor illustrator.

Mafalda, expression of his indignation

Her most famous creation, the disrespectful Mafalda, first published in 1964, is the daughter of an Argentinian housewife and insurance agent totally overwhelmed by her maturity.

On paper, the character is represented with two dots for the eyes and a small ball for the nose.

Her requests for an explanation on the condition of women, dictatorship, overpopulation, the atomic war or even Fidel Castro are in reality the expression of a constant indignation against the world of the 1960s.

When it was released in Spain, then under Franco, Mafalda was reserved for adults.

It is censored in Bolivia, Chile and Brazil.

After the 1976 coup in Argentina, Quino went into exile in Italy, then in Spain.

With AFP



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