Otto Alexis Schade López, better known as Otto Schade, or simply OSCH, is a Chilean-German architect and artist, best known for his unique paintings, where he perfectly fuses abstract and surreal art. He is also an avid street artist, photographer and sculptor, and has even done some work in collage, prints, drawing and installation.
Otto Schade was born on October 30th, 1971 in Chile. His talent was evident even from an early age, when he started drawing. Otto spent his academic years at Bio Bio University, studying Architecture, and Construction and Design Architecture in Concepcion, Chile. He never had any formal art education, but sometime around his graduation in 1995, he took up oil painting classes, which helped him a lot develop his artistic expression.
Even though Otto received numerous awards for his architectural achievements working on both public and private projects, the Chilean finds his greatest passion to be painting. Through his artwork, Schade tries to “break the flatness of a canvas”, as he puts it. His style blurs the boundaries between surrealism and abstract, enabling him to perfectly capture and display his obsessions and dreams. In the abstract part of his paintings, Schade has been experimenting with layers, creating deepness in his spatial representations. Sometimes, his artwork is inspired by political issues. Having grown up under the dictatorship of Pinochet, Schade learned to think as a rebel, and produce his work as a reaction to a system.
Otto’s paintings are unique in style with a refined technique – often characterized by ribbons which are painted meticulously in layers to produce his imagery. As his greatest source of inspiration, he cites painters like Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, M. C. Escher and Roberto Matta – the effect these artists have on Otto are especially noticeable in his surrealist paintings. The artist’s main choice of surface is canvas, though sometimes he chooses board, and since he started creating murals and graffiti, the walls of numerous cities became his “second canvas”.
Although Schade has been painting since 1996, his murals began to appear in East London around 2009. Since then, he has gained an enormous fanbase worldwide. Just like with his paintings, Otto’s murals combine the imagination of surrealism and the freedom that abstract art provides. His highly detailed trademark ribbons are there as well. Many factors are at play when it comes to realization of Schade’s ideas. They sometimes depend on the wall itself. Once an idea is shaped, he sketches the image on a piece of paper, prints it, and cuts the pieces using a laser, due to the complexity of stencils. When the spraying is done, he uses markers to shade the ribbon-structures, giving them depth and a three-dimensional appearance.
Apart from painting and murals, Schade also creates collages, illustrations, sculptures, photographs and prints.
Schade’s artistic journey and pursuit of new ideas and inspirations has taken him around the world. He has exhibited in cities like Berlin, London, New York, Moscow, Amsterdam and Concepcion, to name a few. Some of his more notable one-person exhibitions include Exposition, held in Luxemburg, and Orbs and Ribbons, hosted by Fabrik Gallery in Hong Kong, in 2014. Otto has also participated in numerous collaborative shows and art festivals, like the 2014 Around the Block at Well Hung Gallery, London and the 2012 Urban Barrier exhibition at Ben Oakley Gallery.
His pieces are a part of many public and private collections – some of his more famous collectors include Queen’s Brian May, Jamie Oliver, Naomi Campbell, and the British Prime Minister David Cameron. He is represented by Ministry of Walls gallery.
Since 2006, Otto Schade has been living and working in London, UK.
|2014||Orbs and Ribbons||Fabrik Gallery, Hong Kong||Solo|
|2014||Group Show||Lollipop Gallery, London||Group|
|2014||Contraband (2)||Black Apple Gallery, LA, USA||Group|
|2014||Myth and Muse, A Homage to Frida Kahlo||Go Gallery, Amsterdam||Group|
|2014||Around the Block||Well Hung Gallery, London||Group|
|2014||Thrive, Save Wild Tigers||Sanderson Hotel, London||Group|
|2014||Urban Shakedown||Docklands, London||Group|
|2014||Curio-City||Curious Duke Gallery, London||Group|
|2014||The Kiss, A Dark Affair||Different Gallery, Fitzrovia, London||Group|
|2013||Otto Schade||Gregg Sheinbaum Fine Art, Wynwood District, Miami, Florida||Solo|
|2013||Hidden Messages||Hoxton Gallery, Shoreditch, London||Solo|
|2013||Zealous Art Show||London||Group|
|2013||LOST||Street Art Archive, Zürich||Group|
|2013||Outside II||34 Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa||Group|
|2013||Urban and Iconic, The World of Street Art||Hoxton Arches 402, London||Group|
|2013||Urban Interpretation||Graffik Gallery, Notting Hill, London||Group|
|2013||Stick Together||Amsterdam Roest, Netherlands||Group|
|2012||Otto Schade||Frameless Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2012||Otto Schade||Ben Oakley gallery Greenwich, London, UK||Solo|
|2012||Urban Barrier||Ben Oakley Gallery / Rooms Magazine||Group|
|2012||Group Show||Go Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherland||Group|
|2012||Group Show||AC Fine Art gallery, Miami, USA||Group|
|2012||First Cut||London West Bank gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2012||Crossing Borders||MSA gallery, Paris, France||Group|
|2012||Long Players Show||Ben Oakley gallery Greenwich, London, UK||Group|
|2012||Phantasmagoria||Forman’s Smokespace Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Otto Schade||Frameless Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2011||Otto Schade||LAVA Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2011||Group Show||Underdog gallery , London, UK||Group|
|2011||Group Show||Lava Gallery in Rag Factory, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Our beloved Japan||Almanac Gallery Daikayama, Tokyo, Japan||Group|
|2011||Group Show||Alekano gallery and Alekano Club, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Group Show||London West Bank gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Urban in Ibiza||Agroturismo Atzaro Ibiza, Spain||Group|
|2011||Factory Project||Red Bull Studios, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Group Show||Seven Space gallery, Kent, UK||Group|
|2011||Group Show||London West Bank gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2011||Group Show||GZ gallery, Paris, France||Group|
|2010||Group Show||Topolski Century gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Orchestra of strings||Crypt gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Group Show||Bedford Sreet Art gallery, Woburn, UK||Group|
|2010||Artworks Project Space||London, UK||Group|
|2010||Group Show||Sides Art & Frames gallery, Lytham, UK||Group|
|2009||Group Show||The Lock Death and daylight, London, UK||Group|
|2009||Group Show||Het Weefhuiss Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherland||Group|
|2009||Group Show||Austin Gallery in London, UK||Group|
|2008||Otto Schade||Het Weefhuiss Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherland||Solo|
|2007||Otto Schade||Chilean Embassy Moscow, Russia||Solo|
|2007||Otto Schade||Gallery Fernseheturm Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2007||Otto Schade||Gallery 24 Paris, New York, USA||Solo|
|2007||Otto Schade||Rivington Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2006||Group Show||Inspired Art Fair and Spitalfields New Development in London, UK||Group|
|2006||Group Show||Gallery 24 Paris, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2005||Otto Schade||Helle Panke Art Gallery, Prenzlauberg, Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2005||Otto Schade||Zeitzone Art Gallery, Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2005||Group Show||Open Air Gallery Obenbaumbrücke Friederichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2005||Group Show||24 Gallery, Friederichshain, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2004||Group Show||Bethanien Künstlerhaus, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2004||Group Show||Smol Art Gallery, Concepción-Chile||Group|
|2003||Group Show||Smol Art Gallery, Concepción-Chile||Group|
|2002||Group Show||Ecuador Park, Concepción-Chile||Group|
|2000||Otto Schade||French Alliance Art Gallery, Concepción - Chile||Solo|
|1998||Otto Schade||Art Gallery of Intendence Building Concepcion - Chile||Solo|
|1998||Otto Schade||Art Gallery of Plaza del Trébol Mall Concepcion - Chile||Solo|