Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino, is an Argentine cartoonist born in Mendoza on July 17, 1932. According to his official website, Quino discovered his love for art at the young age of 3 thanks to his uncle Joaquín Tejón, painter and advertising illustrator.
In Mendoza, he went to the School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Bellas Artes) with the hopes of working for the comic Rico Tipo
. However, he left the school in 1945. Five years later, he sells his first cartoon to a silk shop and visits Buenos Aires for 3 weeks in search for a job, with not luck whatsoever. In 1954, he returns to Buenos Aires where some of his works get published by Esto Es
. In 1963 he publishes his first book: a collection of silent comics titled Mundo Quino
His most famous and successful work is Mafalda
, a comic strip about a little girl who is concerned about world peace and humanity. Mafalda has been translated to more than 30 languages all over the world and ran from 1964 to 1973. In 1976, Mafalda was appointed UNICEF's spokesperson for the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
After Mafalda's success, Quino dedicated himself to drawing editorial-style comics published on a weekly basis by the Argentine newspaper Clarín and has published various compilations with them.