Diego Santambrogio, illustrator and poet

Diego Santambrogio

"Emporium", October 1926

We know little about the life of illustrator and commercial artist Diego Santambrogio. He was born in 1898 in Scafati, in the province of Salerno, and died in Milan in 1969; he was also an architect and poet.

He studied in northern Italy: he went to high school in Bergamo, then studied architecture at Milan’s Polytechnic and attended Bologna’s Fine Arts Academy.

In the 1920s he began working in illustration, exhibiting his works and most importantly achieving notoriety as a commercial artist. Between 1923 and 1927 he showcased some of his works at the Biennial of Decorative Arts in Monza.

Our gallery includes some covers he created for “Emporium”, an important monthly magazine focusing on arts and graphics, published in Bergamo by Istituto italiano di Arti grafiche from 1895 to 1964.

March 1, 2017