Laerte was born in São Paolo, Brazil in 1951. He studied music and journalism, and co-founded magazine Balão in 1972. His comics have been published in magazines such as Chiclete com Banana, Gerladão, Veja and Placar. He won several awards and held various exhibitions. His strips still appear weekly in newspapers, and he is one of Los Tres Amigos, together with Angeli and Glauco.