|Born||1972 (age 47–48)|
Davide Cali (born 1972) is a Swiss-born Italian writer of picture books and graphic novels, primarily for children and young adults. He lives in Italy. His work has been published in 25 countries and translated into many languages. He also writes under the pseudonyms Taro Miyazawa and Daikon.
Even though he was born in Liestal, Switzerland, Davide Calì grew up in Italy where he started his career as a comic book artist working with many fanzines. In 1994 he took a job as a comics author at the iconic Italian comics magazine “Linus”. He held that position until 2008.
He started writing children's books in 1998, his first works were published in Italy. Since 2004 his books have been published in France either by Sarbacane and in the magazine “Mes premiers j'aime lire” (Bayard Editions).
Currently, his books amount to more than 90. They have been translated in over 30 languages.
Davide Calì has also taught illustration-related courses for many organisations - both in Italy and in Europe - such as IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Artielier in Padova, MiMaster in Milan and Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn.
He provided the idea for “Cari autori vediamoci chiaro”, a guide for those who want to become professional illustrators. It affords advice and suggestions from Davide Calì and other important Italian authors. In 2003 the book had been produced by Zoolibri/Delicatessen and given out for free.
His latest articles concerning illustration and children's books appeared on the website Frizzifrizzi and on Morena Forza's blog Robadadisegnatori. They are soon to be gathered in order to create a free-downloading guide.
He took part in a great number of exhibitions - either as an artist or a superintendent- in Paris and all around France and on the web. Many shows based on his works have been staged in France, Belgium, Italy and Japan.
Since 2016 he has been the art director at Book on a Tree, the storytelling agency that the Italian writer Pierdomenico Baccalario has founded in London, in 2014.
In 2020 it activated a series of reading promotion projects, carrying out online reading for a period. He also donated several projects free of charge to booksellers, teachers and librarians, including the Hula-Hoop Readings and Take-Away Writers (later also declined with illustrators and cartoonists).