Staino was born at Piancastagnaio, in the province of Siena. After graduating in architecture, he moved to Scandicci. His comics debut was with Bobo, an autobiographical character, published in the magazine Linus starting from 1979. In the 1980s he collaborated with the newspapers Il Messaggero and L'Unità, for which he still works. In 1986 he founded the satirical magazine Tango. From 1987 to 1993, he also directed satirical TV shows for Rai 3, such as Teletango and Cielito Lindo; in this period he also directed two movies, Cavalli si nasce (1989) and Non chiamarmi Omar (1992). Staino is a member of the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics. In 2016 he published his autobiography Io sono Bobo (Della Porta) written with journalists Fabio Galati and Laura Montanari. On 8 September of the same year he becomes the new editor of L'Unità.
|Bobo - Bobo Novecento #22||Author||Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso||2005||Italian|
|I Classici del Fumetto di Repubblica #53 - Bobo||Author||Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso||2004||Italian|