Team

About Us

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Patrizia Zanotti

Managing Director

Born in Argentina, Patrizia started working with Hugo Pratt at the age of 17, in 1979. She began as a colorist for Pratt's comics, and then went on to manage dealings with various publishers. She also was involved in the graphic design and editing of Pratt's books and eventually came to oversee his international exhibitions, including shows in Buenos Aires, Paris, Venice, Milan, Rome, Siena and Lugano. She travelled with Pratt on many business trips throughout Europe and North America for a RAI TV feature, and to the Pacific for the Thalassa show for French TV, as well as other locations over the course of 17 years. In 1994, she partnered with Pratt to create the Italian publishing company Lizard Edizioni and thanks to her knowledge of the Pratt works, Patrizia has managed and led CONG since 1995.

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Graziella Lacidogna

Marketing & Licensing Director

Graziella was born into a Southern Italian family in Switzerland and she has been working at Cong since 1990. Graziella started as Hugo Pratt's personal secretary and she occasionally accompanied him on business trips to conventions or book presentations. Since 1995 she has been part of the management of the company and in 2009 became Marketing & Licensing Director. She is principally in charge of the administration and contracting for editorial, merchandising and media projects.

Nadege Vainas

Exhibition Director

Born in Paris, Nadege worked in the tourist field for many years before joining Patrizia Zanotti in the development of Lizard Publishing in Rome and eventually became the managing director of the company. In the 90s she met Hugo Pratt and went to his Swiss residence to collaborate on a number of editorial projects and exhibits. Today, Nadege is an important member of the Cong team and oversees public events and exhibition projects.

Vanessa Cardinaux

Administrative Assistant

Vanessa have been working for CONG since January, 2015 as an administrative assistant. She was born in Switzerland and she is currently living in Grandvaux, the same vineyard-village in which Pratt spent the last years of his life. Her previous professional experiences in the administrative and legal fields are very important to the company’s management. Aside these administrative functions, however, she is also in charge of the editing of new comic books and for every French publication. Furthermore, she manages all the requests for drawn reproductions’ authorization and exhibit organizations. She is getting more and more knowledge of Pratt's works.

Andrea Valenti

Archive Manager

Andrea is from Città di Castello (Umbria) and has kept abreast of every technological development in the reproduction of images over the last 30 years. He met Pratt in the 90s when the master enjoyed a visit to the photo-laboratory to personally check the quality of his art reproductions. Nowadays Andrea oversees all the technological issues and applications involved in the reproduction of the art of Hugo Pratt.

Paco Linares

Social media marketing

Paco Linares was born in Alicante, Spain. He holds a university degree in History and a Master’s in Contemporary Art Museology. He works as a cultural operator, art critic, and curator of independent exhibitions. As a theorist of the comic strip, he has developed a number of projects, including the noteworthy “Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese: Intersecting Itineraries” for the University of Alicante. He is also the director of the project “Cartoon Days in Alicante,” and recently coordinated “The Sea in Comics, Theoretical Days.” In the Cong company, thanks to his experience in the field, he is in charge of the editorial promotion of new editions of Corto Maltese ebooks in Spanish as well as the development of new projects relating to the stories of the sailor from Malta. He has been a member of the Association of Art Critics of Valenza since 2012.