Andy Donato (1937-)
Andy Donato is well known for his editorial cartoons in the Toronto Sun and his signature image of “Donato’s Bird”. Many Canadian politicians consider it an honor if Donato targets them.
Andy was born in 1937 in Scarborough. After graduating from Danforth Tech in 1955 he worked as a layout artist for Eatons. He joined the Toronto Telegram a year later as a freelance artist. In 1971, he joined The Toronto Sun. He started cartooning full-time in 1974, as editorial cartoonist, as well as the Art Director. In 1993, he was appointed Corporate Art Director. Today Andy is still the main cartoonist for the Sun but on a freelance basis.
Andy has received many awards and accolades including the National Newspaper Award in 1976 for editorial cartooning, Best Editorial Cartoon in the World from the Montreal Salon of Cartoons, the Metropolitan Toronto Police Annual News Award for Cartooning in 1993 & 1997. In 1985 & 1986, Andy served as President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and in 2000 -2001 was President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists.
Andy has had one-man exhibitions in Toronto, London, New York and Johannesburg which have included his paintings from 1965 to present.
His recent collection of paintings in his unique “Bent Realism” style, feature familiar Toronto neighborhoods and destinations such as Newfoundland, Tybee Island and Europe.