Angel Otero
Puerto Rican, born 1981
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Gridology,
Lehmann Maupin
2017
Angel Otero: Elegies,
Bronx Museum of the Arts
2016
Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing,
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

“I’ve always been passionate about painting specifically. That’s what drives me—painting and all the drama that goes with it,” states Angel Otero, who channels that passion into paintings and sculptures layered with directly applied oil paint and the sheets that form when it dries, called oil paint skins. He covers his large-scale canvases with these thick, folding sheets, creating densely textured compositions full of hills and crevices. For his sculptures, he mixes materials like metal and wood with household items and furniture, which he then encrusts with the skins. Otero’s works range from entirely abstract, in his words, “purely gestural,” to semi-representative, incorporating ghostly figures, floral patterns, or evocative phrases. Inspired by his music-filled childhood home and the fiercely independent New York School artists, Otero pursues a bold, iconoclastic vision in all of his work.

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