Emilio Pettoruti was born in the city of La Plata, Argentina, on October 1, 1892, the son of Italian immigrants, into a family of twelve brothers, of whom he was the oldest. Self-taught, who does not follow regular studies in any discipline, since childhood he is encouraged by his grandfather in drawing and painting. He studied Fine Arts in his hometown, with teachers such as Atilio Boveri and Emilio Coutaret, with whom he learns perspective, and begins a career as a cartoonist. In 1911 he participated in a cartoon exhibition, thanks to one that represented Rodolfo Sarrat. Two years later, a scholarship from the government of the province of Buenos Aires allowed him to travel to Europe.