Mimmo Rotella (Catanzaro, IT, 1918 – Milan, IT, 2006)
Mimmo Rotella, (whose real name was Domenico Rotella), was an Italian artist best known for his “double décollages,” which he crafted by ripping movie advertisements posters off exterior walls, attaching the fragments to canvases, and then tearing off smaller pieces from the posters to create colourful, often amusing collages. He was the only Italian artist formally linked to the French Nouveau Réalisme artists, with whom he exhibited in the 1960s. Rotella studied art in Naples and in the United States where he was admired for his Experimental Phonetic Poetry. He returned to Italy in 1953 and abandoned painting for his signature décollages and assemblages, into which he incorporated textiles and other materials. He later experimented with acrylic paint and photographic elements.