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Biography

Considered one of Alberta’s foremost cartoonists, Fred Curatolo has been drawing since the age of three. Fred began serious editorial cartooning in 1982, and was first published in 1983 in the prestigious Toronto Sun.

In 1986, Curatolo started his full-time cartooning career with Metroland Newspapers, until 1989. Three years later, Fred joined the Edmonton Sun as its resident editorial cartoonist and continued in this position until 2006. In 2011, Fred became a staff cartoonist with The Leader in St. Albert, drawing a wide variety of cartoons, including a comic strip, until 2015. A converted westerner, Fred still works different publications. Curatolo won an Ontario Newspaper Award for cartooning in 1987, and received national recognition for his work at the 1991 Dunlop Awards in Toronto. As well as being nominated for a 2020 St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards.

He would continue to win numerous more Dunlop Awards, as well as other awards in cartooning. In English speaking Canada, Curatolo’s work has appeared in all 4 of Toronto’s major dailies along with the biggest dailies and weeklies across Canada. His work now appears in numerous publications across North America. https://curatolocartoons.com/

Fred is available for in-person sessions within 60km of Edmonton and virtual sessions outside of that radius.

Fred specializes in teaching Editorial cartooning, comic book art, and comic strips for the newspapers for grades 5-12.

Half Day: Fred charges $350 plus GST for two sessions of up to 80 minutes each.
Full Day: Fred charges $550 plus GST For four sessions of up to 80 minutes each.

Awards

Fred Curatolo won an Ontario Newspaper Award for cartooning in 1987, and received national recognition for his work at the 1991 Dunlop Awards in Toronto. He would continue to win numerous more Dunlop Awards, as well as other awards in cartooning.

Fred was also nominated for a 2020 St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards.

Reviews

“Fred Curatolo lead the Grade & ELA classes through a step-by-step process that allowed the students to create a graphic comic based on their own narratives. A great experience!”

Sheryl Kainz, PREAP Teacher ELA, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School

“Fred provided such an enriching experience for students and teachers alike. What he did was move political and editorial cartoons away from a strictly “in- class activity” to a real-life experience. The students will surely remember their experience next time they stumble upon a cartoon, whether that be on a test or when reading the news. It was a very reasonable price for what we got out of it, and we will be booking him to come again next year!”

Jennifer Connolly, Calgary French & International School