Donald Soffritti was born in Ferrare. He attended art school and began his career drawing for the Italian daily, sports and children's press. He enrolled at the Disney Academy in 1997, and has illustrated various Disney stories since, at first as an inker for Giovani Marmotte and Minni & Company and then as an artist and cover illustrator for Paperino Paperotto and Topolino. For Topolino he not only illustrated several longer stories starring Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, but he has also provided script and art for gag strips starring Young Donald Duck (Paperino Paperotto) since 2008.
He has also worked for the French market, starting with the 'Aliénor' from scripts by Frédéric Brrémaud for Soleil Productions in 2003, which he signed Donald. Also with Brrémaud, he made the series 'Toutou & Cie' for Bamboo in 2009 and 2010, for which he is generally credited as "Emanuele Soffritti". For the publishing house 12bis, Soffritti has drawn the second book in the series 'Les Quatre Quarts' in 2011 (scripts by Serge Carrère and Weissengel) and the humor book 'Bienvenue chez les corses' in 2012 (scripts by Pido). He is associated with the INCA (Italian Internet Comics Academy).