La Etrangete de L'ame, 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.
Despite our gender, male and female energy is entwined, conjoined,
the yin-yang of our spirit. X and Y chromosomes in a dance. That
is the strangeness of the soul. Johnny Otto explored this idea in
countless ways throughout the last two decades. He does feel that
masculine and feminine spirit is alive in each of us in different
degrees. In our culture, we see it everywhere. In his art it is
very prevalent. Bodies are both male and female. Eyes, lips, lips,
genitals are often represented in both male and female forms.
La Etrangete de L'ame was featured in Art Reveal Magazine in 2019.