JOHNNY OTTO / Conspiracy + Propaganda = Art
(b. 1966 Bay Village, Ohio)
Education University of Windsor, Ont. Canada 1990 B.A.
A brief biography
Johnny Otto is a self-taught Contemporary Artist and Magazine Publisher based in Los Angeles. He was born in Bay Village, Ohio in 1966, the grandson of Czech and German immigrants. Often compared to Basquiat, Haring and Picasso, Otto’s work is actually influenced by a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts, which he visited as a child and where he was exposed to their vast collection of African Art. Otto's work spans more than 35 years and includes shows with David Hockney (Divine Design Fundraiser Auction), 01 Gallery, Headquarters, Jeff Hamilton's Street Art Fair, Radiant Space, Ministry Gallery, Art Squat, Project Angel Food Auction, Novian/Miller Space and others. He has been featured in numerous publications including Art Reveal Magazine, Artillery, LAWeekly, VoyageLA, and Left Bank Magazine.
In 2021 Otto published Art Squat Magazine with fellow Writers Julia Siedenburg and Laura Siebold, which features interviews with Artists such as Dave Navarro, WRDSMTH, Plastic Jesus, RUN, Stephanie Cate, and many other Artists from around the world. Art Squat also launched its management division with the announcement of Artist of the Year going to Svetlana Talabolina.
A brief history of exhibitions and publications
2021 ART SQUAT MAGAZINE / Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of new magazine - Los Angeles, CA
2018-2021 BOOKS PUBLISHED: Art of the Streets, Man or Monster (with the poetry of Orlando Kennedy), Art is Unnecessary.
2020 PROJECT ANGEL FOOD AUCTION / Fundraiser/Donation - Los Angeles, CA
2019 RADIANT SPACE / Group Show / It Was All A Dream with Sammy Baptista, Chad Muska, Oscar Meza, Kris Markovich, Thatcher, and Blikeme - Los Angeles, CA
2018 RADIANT SPACE / Solo Exhibit / Water & Spirit Fundraiser for Drop in the Bucket - Los Angeles, CA
2018 SPECIAL GUEST ON DEBORAH KOBYLT LIVE - PODCAST / Los Angeles, CA
2016-2020 MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS / Art Reveal Magazine, LAWEEKLY, VoyageLA, Splash, Shout Out LA, Left Bank Magazine, Artillery, Arts & Culture, Fine Art America.
2017 MURAL PAINTING / Video Shoot - L Los Angeles, CA
2017 BURGERS & BUDZ / Live Painting at JEFF HAMILTON'S TUDIO - Los Angeles, CA
2017 STREET ART FAIR, JEFF HAMILTON'S STUDIO - GroupShow - 40 of the top Street Artists - Los Angeles, CA
2017-2021 #FINDART / Hidden pieces throughout the Hollywood area - Los Angeles, CA
2014 THE ASHLEY PAIGE GALLERY / Group Show - FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS - Los Angeles, CA
2009 MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE FEATURE - New York
2005 HEADQUARTERS / Solo Exhibit - SKETCHES AND PAINTINGS - Los Angeles, CA
1999 01 GALLERY / Group Auction - ABSTRACT AND FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS - Los Angeles, CA
1996 MINISTRY GALLERY / Solo Show - ABSTRACT AND FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS - Los Angeles, CA
1994 ART IN THE ALLEY / Solo Show - EXPERIMENTAL DRIVE.THRU ART EXHIBIT - FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS - Los Angeles, CA
1992-1994 ART SQUAT COLLECTIVE / Group Show -CONCEPTUAL PIECES - Los Angeles, CA
1993 PROJECT ANGEL FOOD ART / AIDS fundraiser Auction at Pacific Design Center with David Hockney - Los Angeles, CA
1990-1991 NOVIAN-MILLER SPACE / "MEGABOYS" - FEATURING20 EMERGING ARTISTS - Los Angeles, CA
1989 RIVERFRONT GALLERY / Solo Show - FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS AND SKETCHES - WINDSOR - Ontario, Canada
1986 SUBWAY EXHIBITIONS / Group Show - ABSTRACT PAINTINGS - UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR - Ontario, Canada