“Grand. Vibrant. Aggressive. Powerful.” - Art Reveal Magazine
“I see a postmodern man shaking off his false identities and dancing naked in front of the primordial fire.” - Amber Christianson, Artist
"Bright, brash and bold" - Shana Nys Dambrot, LAWEEKLY [more PRESS]
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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.
"An Artist needs to be a lion. Wild and free. When I paint, I don’t worry about what people might think of my work or how they might categorize it or try to compare
it to other artists that have come before me. I just paint for the love of painting. Madly and unimpeded. I am not part of a 'movement' when I create. I am not a 'Neo-Expressionist.' I’m not one of the 'wild ones', or one of the 'New Fauves'.
I am not Basquiat or Haring. They had their moments of inspiration and tergiversation. I have mine."
2021 ART SQUAT MAGAZINE / Publisher & Editor-in-Chief - Los Angeles, CA
2018-2022 eBOOKS PUBLISHED Art of the Streets, Man or Monster, Art is Unnecessary
2020 PROJECT ANGEL FOOD AUCTION Fundraiser - Los Angeles, CA
2019 RADIANT SPACE GROUP SHOW It Was All A Dream with Sammy Baptista, Chad Muska, Oscar Meza, Thatcher, and Blikeme - Los Angeles, CA
2018 RADIANT SPACE SOLO SHOW 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, Left Bank Magazine, Artillery, Arts & Culture
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
2017-2022 #FINDART Hidden pieces throughout the Hollywood area - Los Angeles, CA
2014 THE ASHLEY PAIGE GALLERY Group Show - Los Angeles, CA
2009 MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE FEATURE New York, NY
2005 HEADQUARTERS SOLO SHOW 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 - Los Angeles, CA
1992-1994 ART SQUAT GROUP SHOW CONCEPTUAL PIECES - Los Angeles, CA
1993 ANGEL ART - PROJECT ANGEL FOOD AIDS fundraiser Auction at Pacific Design Center with David Hockney - Los Angeles, CA
1990-1991 NOVIAN-MILLER SPACE GROUP SHOW FEATURING 20 EMERGING ARTISTS - Los Angeles, CA
1989 RIVERFRONT GALLERY SOLO SHOW FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS AND SKETCHES - Ontario, Canada
1986 SUBWAY EXHIBITIONS GROUP SHOW - ABSTRACT PAINTINGS - Ontario, Canada
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PHILANTHROPY & PRESS|
In 2020, Johnny Otto's painting "Za Videni" (a tribute to Keith Haring's Medusa) sold at auction to benefit Project Angel Food. The last time Otto auctioned a painting for Project Angel Food was in the early 90's when David Hockney was the MC.
Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food netted $275,000 at the Pacific Design Center on Dec. 4. The Angel Art '93 benefit, an art and photography auction, was hosted by Herb Ritts, Robert Graham, Richard Meier and David Hockney.
The event, emceed by Lily Tomlin, commemorated artists who have died from AIDS. More than 900 pieces of art were auctioned. Project Angel Food prepares and delivers meals and provides personal services to adults and children with AIDS.
Featured first in Art Reveal Magazine (UK), Otto's painting went on to sell to an anonymous bidder for an undisclosed amount, only the second of his paintings to ever reach auction.
In 2020 Johnny Otto launched Art Squat Magazine, which is dedicated to promoting Artists from around the world. Feature Artists have included Dave Navarro, Plastic Jesus, Svetlana Talabolina, Blek le Rat, Billy Morrison, WRDSMTH and many more.
Art Squat / Occupy Art