CD/Head of Innovation & Development,
Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Vienna
Francesco Bestagno was born 1966 in Sanremo, Italy. In 1987 he graduated from the St. Ulrich School of Art in South Tyrol, where he developed skills in both sculpture and painting.
In 1987, Bestagno moved to Vienna where he went on to become one of Prof. Walter Lürzer’s first students at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, graduating in 1993.
Afterwards, he joined Austria’s #1 Advertisement Agency Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann first as a Graphic Designer, but was quickly promoted through the ranks from Art Director, to Creative Director, Head of Digital Media and ultimately to the position he currently holds, Creative Director and Head of Innovation and Development.
Bestagno is one of Austria’s most distinguished creative minds, succeeding in both the national and international fields. During his 24 years with Demner, Merlicek and Bergmann, Bestagno has gained valuable experiences through his many diverse projects and has been honored as recepient of some of the most acclaimed awards, including (but not limited to) Cannes, Clio, Cresta, Golden Drum, Mobius, New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Creative Club Austria, Epica, Eurobest, Columbus, Montreux, AFSP, John Caple Award, and ADC Europe awards.
In his spare time Francesco enjoys taking a ride in Austria’s beautiful mountain landscapes on his BMW HP2 motorcycle, and occasionally picks up the paintbrush when hit with inspiration.