Cristian Bugatti, also known as Bugo (born 1973 in Trecate, Italy) is an Italian singer-songwriter, artist and actor. He spent his youth in the rice fields of Trecate, in the Province of Novara in the Piedmont region. A self-taught artist, Bugo did not attend art or music school. In 2000 he moved to Milan, living there for 10 years before moving to New Delhi. In 2014 he moved back to Italy. According to AllMusic, Bugo was one of the most interesting and controversial artists to emerge from the Italian independent scene of the 1990s. Although he is beloved by fans and critics, others consider him a comedy act. Blending international sound and Italian lyrics, Bugo became a cantautore (singer-songwriter) of the 2000s who moved the political songs of the 1970s into the disillusioned songwriting of the 2000s. He is considered a pioneer of the Italian singer-songwriter scene, and the neologism fantautore has been coined to describe him.