Mimmo Rotella Biography

A restless innovator, Mimmo Rotella embraced a highly experimental artistic practice which placed him at the forefront of Italian Pop art. Born in Catanzaro, Rotella studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples before moving to Rome in 1945. Following a residency at Kansas City University in 1951–52, Rotella returned to Rome, where he became part of a circle of artists known as the Piazza del Popolo. The group enthusiastically explored the aesthetics and ideas of American Pop art, whose emphasis on mass-produced objects and the newly-iconic imagery of popular culture aligned perfectly with the economic boom of the Italian post-war moment, and the glamorous dolce vita modern Rome. Rotella quickly abandoned painting for a new experimental practice, producing his first_décollages_ by gluing to canvas strips and fragments of advertising posters ripped from the city walls. Upon the invitation of the art critic Pierre Restany, Rotella joined the Noveau Réalisme movement in 1961, moving to Paris three years later. While in the French capital he developed a new process called "Mec-Art" whereby negative images were projected onto an emulsion-covered canvas. In his subsequent_Artypo_ and Plastiforme series, the artist glued typographic proofs onto canvas and then ripped posters to a polyurethane support. In Milan in the 1980s, Rotella created his blanks, covering the ripped posters with sheets of paper, and later his Sovrapitture, painting on top of the advertisements.

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Il riposo del cantante by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork photography
Mimmo Rotella Il riposo del cantante, 2005 Decollage on canvas
193 x 140 cm
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I riflessi di Marilyn by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo Rotella I riflessi di Marilyn, 2004 Decollage on canvas
158 x 120 cm
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A Mezza Luna (Half Moon) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo Rotella A Mezza Luna (Half Moon), 1960 Décollage on canvas
100.5 x 60.5 cm
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Carta materia by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Mimmo Rotella Carta materia, 1958 Décollage on hardboard
51.5 x 41 cm
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Picasso Lacerato (Torn Picasso) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo Rotella Picasso Lacerato (Torn Picasso), 2001 Décollage on canvas
197.5 x 140 cm
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Il Riposo by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, photography
Mimmo Rotella Il Riposo, 1972 (1964) Photo emulsion on canvas
65 x 91.7 cm
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Stai Attento by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, photography, mixed media
Mimmo Rotella Stai Attento, 1965 Photo emulsion on canvas
135 x 91.2 cm
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Senza titolo (Untitled) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo Rotella Senza titolo (Untitled), 1961 Décollage on canvas
97 x 158 cm
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Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy
Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Gladstone Gallery contemporary art gallery in 515 West 24th Street, New York, United States
Gladstone Gallery New York, Seoul, Brussels
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom
Robilant+Voena London, New York, Paris, Milan
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