Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006) was an Italian artist and poet who was a member of the French Nouveaux Réalistes group and the Les Affichistes, an artist group credited as the forefather of Street Art. He is known for his “double décollages”, made from torn advertising posters that were applied to canvas. Born in Catanzaro, Italy, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples and later in 1945, moved to Rome, where he became associated with the Lettrism movement. In 1951, he had his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Chiurazzi in Rome and was awarded Fulbright Scholarship. He was invited to join the New Realism movement in 1961 and represented Italy at the Venice Biennale in 1964.