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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.

Mimmo Rotella Featured Artworks

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Picasso Lacerato (Torn Picasso) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo RotellaPicasso Lacerato (Torn Picasso), 2001Décollage on canvas
197.5 x 140 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Sul Muro (On the Wall) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting
Mimmo RotellaSul Muro (On the Wall), 1990Overpaint on décollage laid on zinc sheet
100.4 x 151.2 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Il Riposo by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, photography
Mimmo RotellaIl Riposo, 1972 (1964)Photo emulsion on canvas
65 x 91.7 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
M by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mimmo RotellaM, 1990Overpaint on metal sheet
100 x 150 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Trasparenze by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Mimmo RotellaTrasparenze, 1970Artypo on canvas
93.1 x 138.5 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Reverde by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Mimmo RotellaReverde, 1973Artypo on canvas
78 x 80 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Questo Difficile Amore by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Mimmo RotellaQuesto Difficile Amore, 1974Artypo on canvas
102 x 68 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Senza titolo (Untitled) by Mimmo Rotella contemporary artwork mixed media
Mimmo RotellaSenza titolo (Untitled), 1961Décollage on canvas
97 x 158 cm
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Mimmo Rotella Recent Exhibitions

Mimmo Rotella Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Gladstone Gallery contemporary art gallery in 515 West 24th Street, New York, USA Gladstone Gallery Brussels, New York
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris
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