Mimmo Rotella (Catanzaro, 1918 - Milan, 2006) began his artistic career as a child, portraying clients in the atelier of his mother and, driven by his father, he attended technical school in Catanzaro, subsequently continuing as self-taught. His move to Rome for a job at the Ministry of the Post led him to the discovery of museums and art galleries. He experimented with figurative painting in expressionist and cubist styles and then devoted himself to geometric shapes thanks also to his proximity to the Art Club of Accardi, Dorazio and Perilli. The fifties were a turning point in his production since he began his relationship with advertising posters: "Every morning I went out and looked at the walls covered with advertising posters (...). The posters appealed to me”. Hence the birth of collages of torn paper, using either the front of the posters for their graphic and colour effects, or the back for its material quality. From 1960 he became one of the leading exponents of Nouveau Realisme and began to create ready-made elements, assemblies, erotic works, works on metal supports that had originally served as bases for posters. He examined the issue of three-dimensionality with a series of works that he entitled "sculpture - architecture". He received an honorary degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro as "Officier des Arts et des Lettres" and upon his wish, in 2000, the Mimmo Rotella Foundation was created.
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