Paul Zanetti has been drawing cartoons for as long as he can remember.
He recalls sitting at the back of the classroom at school where his unflattering sketches of his teachers were confiscated and he was sent to sit out in the corridor. It was this reaction from authority that inspired him to draw cartoons for a living. His dad wanted him to get a proper job.
He started out at age 16, while at school, contributing cartoons to the Sydney 'Sun', the youngest regularly published cartoonist in Australia. Zanetti was offered an art department cadetship where he learned very well how to touch up page three girls (the pics only), detail the weather maps and colour-in the black squares in the crossword puzzles but not much about cartooning.
In 1980 after a chat with legendary cartoonist Larry Pickering (who was keen to get out of his 5 year cartooning contract at The Australian) Pickering arranged for a meeting with News Ltd CEO Ken Cowley, Daily Telegraph editor Adrian Begg, Pickering and Zanetti to seal a deal for the 18 year old to become The Daily and Sunday Telegraph's cartoonist.
Zanetti replaced the Tele's cartoonist, Bill Mitchell who replaced Pickering on The Australian who retired at age 38 to live a cartoon-free, semi-retired life of tomato-growing and race horse training.
In 1983 Zanetti received the Walkley Award for best editorial cartoon, at age 23.
He became a regular on daytime TV Shows, The Mike Walsh Show and The Midday Show as well as a popular guest speaker, drawing for various coprorate events and charity functions.
In 1992 he pioneered editorial cartoon syndication throughout Australia and has been published in more newspapers than any other Australian editorial cartoonist. Zanetti's cartoons have also been syndicated internationally since 1985 through the New York Times Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate and currently via Cagle.