Claude Andréotto was born in Paris, France, in1949. He spent five years at the Ecole Estienne where he studied under the guidance of the famous stamp engraver René Cottet, while also taking lessons from the engraver Pierre Forget. Andréotto started engraving stamps in 1974. That same year he engraved his first stamp for France: a single stamp to mark the 500th birth anniversary (in 1973) of the astronomer Nicolas Copernicus.
In 1976, Andréotto won his first Grand Prix de l’Art Philatelique, for his French stamp issued for Juvarouen 76. In 1984, Andréotto won his second Grand Prix de l’Art Philatelique, for his French stamp promoting Philex-Jeunes 84-Dunkerque. Andréotto's stamps have won ‘most beautiful stamp of the year’ three times; in 1997, 2005 and 2008. In 2004, he won the Cérès Prize for his Tourism stamp of Bordeaux.
From the early 1990s on he was very interested in the possibilities of computerised art and it has remained a feature in his work ever since. Claude Andréotto passed away on 29 October 2017. (Source: www.stampengravers.blogspot.com
Here is a selection of stamps, all were designed and engraved by Claude Andréotto:
UNESCO campaign to save the Monuments of Mohejo-Daro, Pakistan, issued by Mali on September 6, 1976:
"The Tortoise and the Hare", fable by Aesop, semi-postal stamp for donation to the Red Cross organisation, issued by France on December 2, 1978:
Claude Andréotto designed and engraved many stamps for use in French Southern and Antarctic Territories (FSAT - TAAF) depicting the special fauna of the Islands. I have a small collection of them and here I picked several showing birds:
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), issued on January 1, 1986:
Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), issued on January 1, 1986:
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) and "Argos" satellite, issued on January 1, 1991:
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos), issued on January 1, 1990:
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), issued on January 1, 1999:
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans), issued on November 8, 2006: