Angel Otero, ‘Untitled’, 2017, ICI: Live Benefit Auction 2017

Angel Otero is known for his process-based, dense compositions made up of a material he refers to as “oil skins”. To create the skins the artist paints on glass or plexi, and once the painting is almost dry, it is peeled, flayed, and grafted onto canvas. More recently, the artist has given new life to the skins, by layering them in assemblages or collages on fabric without the support of a canvas. These latest works – as well as collages on paper derived from this new approach such as Untitled (2017) – is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts this month, curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné. The exhibition considers the artist’s own evolving process of formal innovation in relation to that of Robert Motherwell.

Otero has exhibited internationally and his work can be found in collections at DePaul University Museum, Chicago; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.
—Courtesy of ICI

Lehmann Maupin, New York
Artist's studio

About Angel Otero

“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.

Puerto Rican, b. 1981, Santurce, Puerto Rico, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Bronx,
Angel Otero: Elegies
2016
ACHENBACH HAGEMEIER, 
2014
ACHENBACH HAGEMEIER, 
Düsseldorf,