Domenico Rotella, who changed his first name to Mimmo, was born in Catanzaro in Italy, but lived and worked in Paris and Milan. He was heavily influenced by the American and French art of the 1960s. It was from cubist artists that he adopted the idea to use decollages, that is parts torn off posters, as a form of art. To this end Rotella transferred multiple layers of advertising and film poster on to a canvas, before tearing through the layers, painting or writing over them. The works, which resulted from this, became the core of his artistic works. His works have been shown in the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and at the Venice Biennale.
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