"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

Johnny Otto is a self-taught Contemporary Artist and Publisher/Found of Art Squat Magazine based in Los Angeles. He is 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), Compound Contemporary (Risk, WRDSMTH, Plastic Jesus, Shepard Fairey), Crystal Head Vodka Finalist at the Magic Castle, 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, Paint the Streets Podcast, Artillery, LAWeekly, VoyageLA, and Left Bank Magazine.

Artists that Johnny Otto has shown alongside: OG Able, Adam Stone, Aloy, Amy Smith, Atlas, Axis, BG183, Billy Morrison, BIO, Bobby Doran, Mister Cartoon, CES, Carly Ealey, Charlie Paige, Chloe Trujillo, Corie Mattie, Curtis Nunez, Chris Konecki, Dr.Dax, Dave Shutter, Dave Tour, Defer, Estevan Oriol, Evel, Gary Young, Gabor, Gregory Siff, Heaven, Kick, Kwest, Lefty, Louie Perez, Nicer, Norton Wisdom, Peter Tunney, Prime, Relic, Risk, Sever, Sel Dog, Sonny Boy, Svetlana Talabolina, Tazroc, Taz, Toons One!, T ravis Walker, Tristan Eaton, Sharky, Shepard Fairey, Vision, Vyal, Wane Cod, Plastic Jesus, WRDSMTH, Mark Estes, Tommy Hollenstein, Kevin Nealon, Dave Navarro.



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