Za Vidění, 2018, 48" x 60", acrylic on canvas
Neo-Expressionistic painter Johnny Otto has spent the last 30 years in Los Angeles as an outsider who has somehow managed to show with David Hockney (Angel Art Fundraiser Auction) and at other influential galleries including 01 Gallery, Headquarters, Jeff Hamilton's Street Art Fair, Radiant Space, Ministry Gallery, Art Squat, Novian-Miller Space, and many others. His work is collected around the world by Art Collectors, Fellow Artists, Designers, from Los Angeles to Japan, Germany, Italy and France.
Otto is self-taught contemporary artist based in Los Angeles. He was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the grandson of Czech and German immigrants. Often compared to Basquiat, Haring and Picasso, Otto’s work is greatly 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.
Inspired by one of Keith Haring's untitled works, Za Vidění (Beyond Vision) is about having the ability to see what is required from
us as we move in the future, and the willingness to work towards accomplishing that positive change. As Helen Keller said,
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision."
Za Vidění was featured in Art Reveal Magazine in 2019. Mentioned as a tribute to Keith Haring's work and his artistic legacy.
Read Johnny Otto's manifesto in Left Bank Magazine
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