Curriculum Vitae Q&A with Artist Angel Otero. Experience his work on display in our Dallas gallery On Two, presented by Lehmann Maupin.
Astrological sign? Virgo
Lucky number? 11
Favorite color? Yellow
Morning, Noon, or Night? Night
Uptown, Midtown, or Downtown? Downtown
Oscars, Tonys, or Grammys? Oscars
Met, MOMA, or Movies? Movies
Football, Baseball, or Basketball? Basketball
Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea? Herbal Tea
Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia? Sugar
Red, White, or Rosé? Red
Spicy, Salty, or Sweet? Salty
Sandwich, Soup, or Salad? Soup
Black, White, or Color? White
Is your closet messy or neat? Neat
What’s your favorite room? Basement
What do you collect? Antiques
Dream dinner guest? Gerhard Richter
Sunday ritual? Coffee, Studio, Afternoon BBQ.
Favorite ﬂower? Hibiscus
Cheat meal? Not a meal, but Oreos.
Dream studio visitor, to yours? Jim Carrey
Dream studio visit, to theirs? Mark Bradford
Talent you’d like to have? Playing the piano
Quality you want to be remembered by? Humbleness
Best thing about New York? Diversity
What does Considered Luxury mean to you? Thoughtful, experiential.
Where did you pull inspiration for New Works, which we have on display in our Dallas gallery. These are new paintings created while I’ve been sheltering in place in upstate New York in a studio I recently opened there. Over the last decade I’ve experimented with a variety of genres and styles, from representation imagery (still lifes, domestic interiors, landscapes) to pure abstraction. The new work I have been making is a combination of the two. You can see recognizable objects reemerging through the veil of abstraction. I’ve always been a collector interested in materials, history, memory, random objects and architectural spaces. You can see art historical references situated directly next to antique objects that I might have been inspired to include after finding them at a flea market. That coupled with mining my own history growing up in Puerto Rico surrounded by many objects in my grandmother’s home, were the real source of inspiration for this body of work.