Mimmo Rotella was an Italian artist and poet who is best known for collages made from torn advertising posters in a medium which he called “double décollages”. He was born on October 7, 1918, in Catanzaro, Italy and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples before moving to Rome in 1945. There, he became associated with the Lettrism movement and—along with Raymond Hains, Jacque Villeglé, and François Dufrêne – became known as one of Les Affichistes, an artist group credited as the forefather of Street Art. His first solo exhibition was held in 1951 in at the Galleria Chiurazzi in Rome, and later that same year, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship with which he traveled to Kansas City University. In 1961, he was invited by Pierre Restany to join the New Realism movement, whose members included Yves Klein, Arman, and Jean Tinguely. In 1964, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale. He died on January 8, 2006 in Milan, Italy at the age of 87


1952 Kansas City,William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, “Domenico Rotella”
1957 London, Institute of Contemporary Art, “Rotella. Recent Collages”,
1965 Parigi, Galerie J, “Rotella. Vatican IV”,
1999 Nizza, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, “Mimmo Rotella. Rétrospective”,
2002 Genova,Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, “Mimmo Rotella. Antologica 1949-2000”,
2003 Pechino, Central Academy of Fine Arts - Jinan, Eastern Modern Art Gallery, “Mimmo Rotella. China Exhibition”,
2007 Milano, Fondazione Marconi,“Mimmo Rotella”
2014 Milano, Palazzo Reale, "Mimmo Rotella. Décollages e retro d'affiches",
2016 Locarno, Museo Casa Rusca, “Rotella e il cinema”,
2017-New York, Gladstone 64, “Mimmo Rotella. Selected Early Works”,