Renato Casaro

Renato Casaro (Italian: [reˈnaːto kaˈzaːro]; born 26 October 1935) is an Italian artist known for his movie posters, which include films like My Name Is Nobody, Quadrophenia, Conan the Barbarian, Tenebrae, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, Rambo: First Blood Part II (Int'l Version), Red Sonja and Flesh and Blood. He is considered one of the most important, influential and innovative Italian film poster artists. He has made hundreds of works dedicated to the cinema, becoming very popular abroad.[1] He has also painted calendars, collectibles, book covers and album covers.[2]

Renato Casaro
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Casaro in 2016
Born (1935-10-26) 26 October 1935 (age 87)
Treviso, Italy
Known forPoster art, illustration
AwardsCiak d'oro, 1988
Ciak d'oro, 1991
Jupiter Award, 1992

Early lifeEdit

Renato Casaro was born on 26 October 1935 in Treviso.[3] His early interest in posters reportedly began with movie advertisements. He would go every day to the cinema to see if they were changing the posters, and if they were he would ask if he could take them home where he would try to reproduce them.[4] In 1953, at age 18, Renato found a job as a staff artist at Studio Favalli, a famous design and art studio of Rome's film industry. In Rome, at age 21, Renato opened his own art studio.[5]


Dino De Laurentiis hired Casaro in 1965 to design the poster images for the film The Bible: In the Beginning.... After that, Casaro worked on many films with De Laurentiis, like Flash Gordon, Dune and Conan the Barbarian. In the same time Casaro continued his business, producing posters for different directors like Sergio Leone, Claude Lelouch, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luc Besson, Franco Zeffirelli and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.[6]

In 2019, Casaro was called by Quentin Tarantino to realize some "old school illustrated Western posters" ("Uccidimi Subito Ringo, disse il Gringo" aka "Kill Me Now Ringo, Said The Gringo" and "Nebraska Jim") for Italian films starring Rick Dalton, the character Leonardo DiCaprio plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.[7][8]

Selected film postersEdit

Published collectionsEdit

  • Renato Casaro: Africa ISBN 978-3-7888-1412-0
  • Renato Casaro - Movie Art ISBN 3-9806443-0-8
  • Renato Casaro - Painted Movies ISBN 3-9801878-1-0
  • African Memories ISBN 978-3-87314-477-4
  • Renato Casaro - The art of movie painting ISBN 978-88-98843-50-3



  1. ^ Hans-Martin Heider (2003). Renato Casaro - from Hollywood to Africa. Heider, 2003, p. 175. ISBN 9783873143890.
  2. ^ "Renato Casaro Discography at Discogs". Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ Eugenio Manzato (1992). L'Italia al cinema: manifesti dalla Raccolta Salce 1911-1961 (in Italian). Marsilio, 1992. ISBN 9788831756129.
  4. ^ "An interview with Renato Casaro". Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Renato Casaro". Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Kinoplakate von Renato Casaro". Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Retro Once Upon A Time In Hollywood posters make us even more excited to see it". 21 May 2019. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ "C'era una volta a… Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio è Rick Dalton in due poster che omaggiano il cinema italiano" (in Italian). 17 May 2019. Archived from the original on 18 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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