Mimmo Rotella

1918 · Italy

Artist biography

Mimmo Rotella is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in Italy. Mimmo Rotella was born in 1918. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Pietro Annigoni and Alberto Burri.

About Mimmo Rotella's works

Mimmo Rotella plays a pivotal role in the fields of Figuration and Pop. Figurative art can merely be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it includes a multitude number of approaches to depict the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is immense, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

It is British curator Lawrence Alloway who invented the term Pop-Art in 1955, to describe a new form of “Popular” art – a movement identified by the imagery of consumerism, mass reproduction, the media and popular culture from which its name derives. The Pop Art artists got inspired by advertising, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, comic strips, and shop windows for their entertaining, playful and satirical works, which both can be seen as a celebration and a takedown of popular culture. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Pop Art include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mimmo Rotella's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Robilant + Voena | London and Cardi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, and Gladstone Gallery in Belgium. Mimmo Rotella most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Tornabuoni Art London in the United Kingdom (24 April 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Mimmo Rotella's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Oltre la Pittura (22 March 2019 - 10 May 2019) at Rossi & Rossi | Hong Kong in China and Studio d'arte Cannaviello 1968/2018 Cinquant'anni di attività (27 September 2018 - 27 November 2018) at Studio d'Arte Cannaviello in Italy. Mimmo Rotella's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called URBAN PAPERS and took place at Frittelli Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy from the 09 December 2016 to 13 February 2017.

Mimmo Rotella currently has one work for sale on Artland.

Mimmo Rotella in private collections

There are three collectors in possession of works by Mimmo Rotella at Artland. These collectors include Collezione Tatanini, MarioC, and Federico Montagna, who also has works by other artists including Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Isabel Alonso Vega, and Paul Cupido.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly sumptuous in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a significant influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy also embodies the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major blossoming of cultural erudition in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. During the modern and contemporary period, Italy was tormented by the fascism of Mussolini but has nonetheless remained as a vital centre for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Mimmo Rotella

Born in 1918, Mimmo Rotella was primarily inspired by the 1930s growing up. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be prevail, and had grown to have influence across the globe. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their pioneering political ideologies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was exemplified in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico.

Mimmo Rotella

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 8
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