Mimmo Rotella


    • Male
    • Painter
    • Mixed media
    • Collage

    About the artist

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    Mimmo Rotella, Italian painter born in Catanzaro, Calabria, on October 7, 1918 and died on 8 January 2006 in Milan. considered the "Andy Warhol Italian", studied at the Academy of fine arts of Naples. In 1945, just end the war, moved to Rome, coming into contact with the avant-garde of his time. Invent a new method of expression in 1949: a kind of "phonetic poetry" he called epistaltica and which consisted in mixing words with sounds, beeps and onomatopoeias.

    Later emigrated to Paris, taking part in the lounge of the new realistic. He then travels to United States, to the University of Kansas City, where he continues his phonetic poems. In North America he met artists like Oldenburg, Twombly, Pollock, Rauschemberg and Ives Kline. He returned to Rome in 1953, turning in the expressive possibilities of advertising posters. Begins to use pieces of broken posters that made up a new reality, which he named décollage (as opposed to the collage of Cubist origin). Their first decollages are exhibited in the Italian capital in 1955.

    Known by critics as the rompecarteles, acquired global notoriety. It would be Europe's response to the Neodada and American Pop Art. His works are contemplated in museums such as the Guggenheim in New York or Paris Centre Pompidou.

    Source: Wikipedia

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