Vincenzo De Cotiis was born in 1958 in Gonzaga, Italy. He studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. The training as an architect allows him to compare in his work the sensibility for materials typical of plastic artists to the sense of space. His research includes an innovative appropriation of salvaged and reclaimed materials, often possessing signs of age and use, juxtaposed with the new, precious materials or with an industrial approach. Rough and raw defines De Cotiis's unique style that voluntarily shows visible traces of the realization process in the final products.