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Angel Otero

Curriculum Vitae Q&A with Artist Angel Otero. Experience his work on display in our Dallas gallery On Two, presented by Lehmann Maupin.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LEHMANN MAUPIN, NEW YORK, HONG KONG, AND SEOUL.

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.

LEHMANN MAUPIN PRESENTS, ANGEL OTERO: NEW WORKS. ON DISPLAY AT THE CONSERVATORY ON TWO.
LEHMANN MAUPIN PRESENTS, ANGEL OTERO: NEW WORKS. ON DISPLAY AT THE CONSERVATORY ON TWO.

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 You can see art historical references situated directly next to antique objects that I might have been inspired to include after finding them at a flea market.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.

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