About

Leonardo Sonnoli (Trieste, IT – 1962) graduated from the High Institute of Industrial Arts of Urbino. His practice ranges from the design of visual identity for private and public companies to the communication for cultural events, book design, signal systems and exhibition display.

Major projects include: visual identity desing for the 50th Venice Biennale; exhibition design for a series of archaeological shows at the Colosseo in Rome; typographic installation at Palazzo Grassi in Venice; visual identity design for the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi in Venice; collaboration with the New York Times and art direction of the Zanotta visual identity.

Since 2000 Sonnoli is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and Past President of the Italian Chapter (2003-2016). He lectured at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the IUAV University of Venice, at the RISD –Rhode Island School of Design– and currently at the ISIA in Urbino. He lives and works between Rimini.

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Recent clients and works

Archaeological National Museum of Naples
Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompei
Archaeological Superintendency of Rome
Cardi Black Box, Art Gallery, Milan
Casabella, Architectural Magazine, Milan
Chaumont Poster Festival
Conservatory of Music Giuseppe Tartini, Trieste
Electa Art Publishing House, Milan
GQ, italian edition
Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
MART, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum, Rovereto
Moto GP Cinzano San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano World Circuit
Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome
Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Naples
Palazzo Belmonte Riso, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum, Palermo
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Percorsi, Contemporary Art gallery, Rimini
SNCF, France Railways company, Paris
The New York Times, New York
The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome
The Venice Biennale, Venice
Triennale Design Museum, Milan
Villa Manin, Contemporary Art Center, Passariano (UD)
Zanichelli Publishing House, Bologna

Lectures
Venezia, (Italy), La conservazione e la valorizzazione dell’archivio di architettura, 
Università Iuav di Venezia, december 2009
Nanjing, (China), Nanjing Arts Institute, November 2009
Beijing, (China), Icograda World Design Congress, October 2009
Beijing, (China), Central Academy of Fine Arts, October 2009
Urbino (Italy), Werkplaats Typografie – ISIA, Summer School 2009
Jerusalem (Israel), Bezalel University, lecture on Typographic influences of the Futurism, 2009
Arnhem (the Netherlands), Werkplaats Typografie, 2009
Verona (Italy), Accademia di Belle Arti G.B. Cignaroli, lecture on Typographic influences of the Futurism, 2009
Wellington, (New Zealand), Typeshed 11, 2009
Zurich (Switzerland), Typotage, giornata della Tipografia, 2008
Chicago (USA), Art Institute of Chicago, Agi student conference, 2008
Moscow (Russia), Golden Bee 2008
Rovereto (Italy), Mart museum, typo-tour in the exhibition “La parola nell’arte”, 2007
Risd Providence RI, (Usa) 2007
Umass, Dartmouth MA, (Usa) 2007
Golden Coast (Australia), AGDA National Conference, 2007
Seoul (Korea), AGI Xd12, Hongik University, 2007
Istanbul (Turkey), Grafist: 11th International Graphic Design Week, 2007
Jerusalem (Israel), Bezalel University, 2007
Bologna (Italy), imagine it, 2007
Tokyo (Japan), Agi Conference, 2006
Lure (France), Rencontres de Lure, 2006
Melbourne (Australia), agideas, 2006
Milan (Italy), Istituto Europeo di design, 2006
Paris (France), Galerie Anatome, 2006
Ljubljana (Slovenia), 2005
Hamburg (Germany), 2005
Tehran (Iran), 2005
Paris (France), Rendez vous de l’architecture, 2005
Palermo (Italy) University of Palermo 2004, 2005, 2006
Huesca (Spain), 2004
Ningbo (China), 2004
Treviso (Italy), IUAV, 2002
Paris (France), you turn, 2002
Berlin (Germany), Kunsthochschule Weissensee, 2002
New York (USA), Cooper Union, 2002
Venice (Italy) IUAV, 2000-2001-2002-2003
Naples (Italy) Istituto Superiore di Design, 1999

Workshops

Urbino (Italy), Werkplaats Typografie – ISIA, Summer School 2009
Arnhem (the Netherlands), Werkplaats Typografie, 2009
Risd Providence RI (USA), typographic workshop on the road, 2007
Seoul (Korea), AGI Xd12, hongik university, 2007
Istanbul (Turkey), Grafist: 11th International Graphic Design Week, 2007
Jerusalem (Israel), 2007
Bologna (Italy), imagine it 2007
Melbourne (Australia), agideas, 2006
Paris (France), 2002, 2006
Venice (Italy), Teach me 2005
Hamburg (Germany), 2005
Palermo (Italy), 2005, 2006
Venice (Italy), vv3 2004
Chaumont (France), 2002

Exhibitions

2010
London, (UK), If You Could Collaborate (together with Sara Fanelli and George Hardie), A Foundation Gallery, Rochelle School, January 2010
2009
-New York, (Usa), Control:Print.
Considering the Future of Ink on Paper, Parsons The New School for Design, Nov – Dec 2009
- Taipei, (Taiwan), 2009 Taiwan International Poster and CI Design Award
- Beijing, (China), Beijing Typography 2009 (bt’09), Central Academy of Fine Arts, October 2009
- Nanjing, (China), “Leonardo Sonnoli”, Nanjing Arts Institute, November 2009
- Helsinky, (Finland), Hommage a Fukuda, Poster Art Gallery, October 2009
- Chaumont Poster Festival poster for the 20th edition, invitational exhibition (France)
- Ljubljana Poster Festival “Masterpieces” exhibition (Slovenia)
- “NZ identity – le cadavre exquis / the exquisite cadaver”, Wellington (New Zealand)
- 16th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins (USA)
- 80+80 Photo_graphisme, Paris, Pavillon Carré de Baudoin (France)

2008
- “7th Ogaki International” invitational poster exhibition, Ogaki Poster Museum (Japan)
- Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, “Line” invitational exhibition,
Moscow (Russia)
- “The Global Exhibition Of Characters 2008”, Nanjing Arts Institute (China)
- XXI International Poster Biennale, Warsaw (Poland)
“Alba, Nuovi manifesti italiani 2000-2007”, Udine, Turin (Italy)
- “08 TDC – Tokyo Type Directors Club – Exhibition”, Ginza Graphic Gallery (Japan)
- ADC 87th Annual Design Awards Exhibition, ADC Gallery New York, (USA)
- “HYPERLINK “http://www.moravska-galerie.cz/en/exhibitions/2008-brno-echo/”Brno Echo”, HYPERLINK “http://www.moravska-galerie.cz/en/biennial/23rd-international-biennial-of-graphic-design-brno-2008/”23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno (Czech Republic)
- “We love books”, Echirolles (France)
- ADI China Design Award, Hangzhou (China)
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)

2007
- “L’art entre en gare”, SNCF invitational poster design, Grand Palais, Paris (France)
- “Beyond the Surface” – Hong Kong International Poster Triennial, Hong Kong Heritage Museum (China)
- “Fifteen posters in fifteen meters” Risd, Providence (Usa)
- “Grassitypographicalassemblage” typographic installation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (Italy)
- “Alba, Nuovi manifesti italiani 2000-2007”, Fortezza da Basso, Florence (Italy)
- Modern Italian Poster, Ogaki Poster Museum (Japan)
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- Lahti Poster Biennial (Finland)
- Grafist: 11th International Istanbul Graphic Design Week, Istanbul (Turkey)

2006
- “Leonardo Sonnoli. Lettere dal confine”, Expa Gallery, Palermo (Italy) Apr.-May
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- “Kakejiku” ggg, Tokyo (Japan)
- Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins (USA)
- “Ogaki International” invitational poster exhibition, Ogaki Poster Museum (Japan)
- International Poster Triennal, Toyama (Japan)

2005
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- “HamDast” The 5th Color+Leonardo Sonnoli, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran (Iran)

2004
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- “The 8 graphic designers Poster exhibition”, Ningbo (China)
- AGI fan exhibition, Beijing (China)
- 8th Tehran International Poster Biennial, Tehran (Iran)
- The 5th Color “Self-postrait” Poster Exhibition, Elahe Gallery, Tehran (Iran)
- “Dedicato a Udine”, Udine (Italy)
- Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, Moscow (Russia)
- “Leonardo Sonnoli Manifiesto”, Huesca (Spain)

2003
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- AGI chair exhibition, Helsinki (Finland)
- Lahti Poster Biennial (Finland)
- 1st China International Poster Biennial, HangZhou (China)
- 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins (USA)
- New Acquisitions/Posters from Italy – Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich (Switzerland)
- “Black & white” – Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, (Switzerland)

2002
- AGI poster exhibition – CCAC San Francisco (USA)
- 18th Poster Biennale, Warsaw (Poland)
- Chaumont Poster Festival “Images du Monde, Monde des Images” (France)
- Manifesti! – Museo “Luigi Bailo”, Treviso (Italy)

2001
- XIX premio Compasso d’Oro, Triennale di Milano, Milan (Italy)
- Graphisme(s), Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris (France)
- Paris vu par…, Galerie Anatome, Paris (France)
- International Invitational Poster Exhibition of the Colorado State University, (USA)
- Leonardo Sonnoli and the city of Pesaro, Chaumont (France)

2000
- ABC Alfabeto per bambini, Bologna (Italy)
- © FVG, Villa Manin di Passariano, (Italy)
- 4:3 – 50 di design italiano e tedesco, Bonn (Germany)
- VI International Poster Triennal, Toyama (Japan)
- Type directors’club annual exhibition, New York (USA)
- Pecs Art Gallery (Hungary)
- Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, Moscow (Russia)

1999
- ArtDesign in Italia, Udine (Italia)
- Zgraf 8, Zagreb (Croatia)
- Epoca 1945-1999, Siena (Italy)
- Dansk plakat museum exhibition on invitation, Aarhus (Denmark)

1998
- Icograda annual student seminar, London College of Printing, London (UK);
- Type directors club annual exhibition, New York (USA)
- Chaumont Poster Festival (France)
- ATypI conference. Type directors club exhibition, Lyons (France)
- International biennale of Graphic Design, Brno (Czech Republic)
- Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, Moscow (Russia)
- International Invitational Poster Exhibition of the Colorado State University, (USA)
- Pecs Art Gallery (Hungary)

1997
- Xe Salon International de l’Affiche et de Icograda – Unesco, Paris (France)
- Dans la rue; rencontre européenne de l’affiche culturelle, Bry-sur-Marne, Sceaux (France)
- Chaumont Poster Festival, Chaumont (France)
- Type directors’club annual exhibition, New York (USA)
- ATypI conference.Type directors club exhibition, Reading (UK)

1996
- International Triennal of Stage Poster, Sophia Museum (Bulgaria)
- Grafica di pubblica utilità in Italia 1975/95, Istituto italiano di cultura, Strasbourg (France)
- L’Europe s’affiche, Municipal Library of Angers (France)
- The World Most Memorable Posters, Art Directors’ Club New York (Usa)
- STD awards exhibitions, Royal Academy of Arts, London (UK)
- Pecs Art Gallery (Hungary)

1995
- Chaumont Poster Festival 1995, Chaumont (France)
- Icograda World Graphics Exhibition 1995, Paris (France)

1994
- International Poster Biennal, Lahti Poster Museum (Finland)
- Pecs Art Gallery (Hungary)

Publications

Magazines:
Abitare
Affiche
Art and Design
Design Journal
Disegno industriale
Etapes graphique
Graphic International
Idea
Intramuros
IoDonna
Linea Grafica
Novum
Neshan
Print (European Regional Design Annual)
Progetto Grafico
RMM hong kong
TypoGraphic
Zoo

Books and catalogues:

If you could collaborate, 2010
Studio culture, Unit edition, 2009
Bt’09, Beijing Typography, 2009
16th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins (USA)
Chaumont graphic design Festival, 2009
ADI China Award, 2008
We love books, Echirolles (France), 2008
Art Directors Annual 87, New York (USA), 2008
Design Evolution: Theory Into Practice, Rockport Publisher (USA), 2008
Photo graphics, “Poster Collection” 17, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Plakatsammlung Lars Müller Publishers, (Switzerland), 2008
“Alba, Nuovi manifesti italiani 2000-2007”, Florence (Italy), 2007
grassitypographicalassemblage, Venice (Italy), 2007
Letteremix, Palermo (Italy), 2006
Leonardo Sonnoli, Chongqing, (China), 2005
Introducing, die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin (Germany), 2005
Eumake, (China) 2004
Red Wine and Green, Venice (Italy), 2004
Viverevenezia3, Venice (Italy), 2004
Area, London (UK), 2003
First Choice, Victoria (Australia), 2003
Agi Chairbook, Helsinki (Finland), 2003
Up against the wall, international poster design, London (UK), 2003
Black and white, “Poster Collection” 08, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Plakatsammlung 
Lars Müller Publishers, (Switzerland), 2003
Type & Typography, Laurence King, London (UK), 2002
New Agi members, (China), 2002
Images du Monde, Monde des Images, Chaumont (France)
Paris vu par…, Paris (France), 2001
Type Graphics, Gloucester (USA), 2000
©FVG Udine (Italy), 2000
ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association) Design Index 1998/99, 2000
4:3 – 50 di design italiano e tedesco, Bonn (Germany), 2000
Redesigning identity, Gloucester (USA), 2000
Minimal Graphics, Gloucester (USA), 1999
Epoca, Siena (Italy), 1999
Art Design in Italia, Udine (Italy), 1999
Viaggio nel paese del manifesto, Viterbo (Italy), 1999
Segno, alfabeto, scritture, linguaggi, Milan (Italy), 1998
La grafica italiana, Milan (Italy), 1998
Grafici Italiani, Venice (Italy), 1997

Awards

2009 – ICOGRADA Excellence Award,
at the Taiwan 2009 Taiwan International Poster and CI Design Award
Bronze medal Corporate Identity section
At the Taiwan 2009 Taiwan International Poster and CI Design Award
third prize at the 16th Biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins (USA)
2008 – ADC 87th Annual Design Awards New York, Distinctive Merit (USA)
ADI China Award (China)
Rodchenko Award 2008, Society of Designers of Russia
2005 – Silver Medal at the 2st China International Poster Biennial, Hangzhou
2003 – Special Prize at the 1st China International Poster Biennial, Hangzhou
2002 – Art Directors Club New York’s Merit Award (USA)
2001 – ISTD International Award (UK)
Honourable Mention at the XIX Compasso d’Oro (Italy)
International Poster Exhibition of the Colorado State University
Honourable Mention, (USA)
1st Prize for the poster of social communication – Compa, Bologna (Italy)
2000 - Silver Award at the 6th International Poster Triennal in Toyama (Japan)
Included in ADI Design Index (Italy)
1999 - Zgraf 8 Honourable Mention (Croatia)
1998 – STD International Award 1st Prize (UK)
Type Directors Club New York Annual Prize (USA)
Golden Bee Poster Award, Moscow (Russia)
1997 – Type Directors Club New York Annual Prize (USA)
1996 – STD International Award Certificate of Excellence (UK)
1993 – Two Silver Awards of the Typographers International Association (UK)

International juries

The 3rd International Graphic Biennial of the Islamic World, Tehran, November 2009
Golden Bee, Moskow (Russia), 2008
San Marino identity at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, (San Marino Republic), 2008
Red dot award, Essen (Germany), 2006, 2007
Zanders Ikono Showbook (Germany), 2004
International Poster Biennial, Ningbo (China), 2004
Sappi Ideas That Matter (Belgium), 2004
Sappi Ideas That Matter (Belgium), 2003
AGI New member selection jury, 2003 Helsinki, 2004 Beijing, 2005 Berlin, 2006 Tokyo, 2007 Amsterdam, 2008 Chicago
International competition for the new logo of IUAV – University of Venice (Italy), 2003
Chaumont International Poster Festival, (France), 2001
Golden Bee International Poster Biennal, Moscow (Russia), 2000

Collections

Lubalin Centre at the Cooper Union, New York (USA)
China Academy of Art, HangZhou (China)
Merril C. Berman, New York (USA)
Pecs Art Gallery (Hungary)
Moravska Galerie, Brno (Repubblica Ceca)
Les Silos – Maison du livre et de l’affiche, Chaumont (France)
Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris (France)
Musée de la Publicité, Paris (France)
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurigo (Switzerland)
Lahti Poster Museum (Finland)
London College of Printing, London (UK)
Nene Northampton College (UK)
International Poster Collection of the Colorado State University (USA)
Dansk plakat museum, Aarhus (Denmark)

Essays

Dutch design, Abitare, 7/2007
On Paul Cox, Abitare, 2006
On Massimo Dolcini, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, 2005
On Franco Balan, catalogue presentation
On Ghobad Shiva, catalogue presentation
On Majid Abbasi, catalogue presentation