Vittorio Leonardo was born in Naples, Italy, in 1938. He left his motherland to Belgium in 1947. After various graphic experiences (charcoal, models, oil paintings), Vittorio Leonardo finally dedicated himself to the comic strip. He met Morris and kept in touch with him.
With the help of Morris, but also Franquin, Peyo and Remacle, Leonardo created the comics series Barbotine which allowed him to be hired by Spirou magazine. He took over Hultrasson in 1973, and he created Superdog and Bardolino. He also wrote some scenarios, among them Boule et Bill. Hired by Morris' Lucky Productions, he is entrusting the drawing of some Rantanplan albums, published each week in Télé Star from 1993. He specially contributed to the albums Bêtisier 3, Bêtisier 5, Les Cerveaux, Bêtisier 4, and Le Grand Voyage, written by Bob de Groot.
The Studio Leonardo colors a large part of the comics series published in Spirou. They use computer systems developed by Vittorio Leonardo and his son, Jourdan. Their colleagues Studio Cerise, also working for Spirou, mainly color manually.
Bibliography as colorist
- Racine, Jean Paul. "Vittorio Leonardo : Biographie et Bibliographie de de Vittorio Léonardo". nbjpr.free.fr.