Otto Schade portrait - Photo Credits Blundell Street Studios

Otto Schade /   Otto Alexis Schade López

Chile 1971

Street Art, Graffiti, Collage

Otto Schade
Otto Alexis Schade López
September 14, 2015
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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.

Inspiration and Style

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 Schade - Four in One, 1997 - Copyright Otto Schade
Otto Schade – Four in One, 1997

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”.

Otto Schade - Pencopolitania Megalitica, 1998 - Copyright Otto Schade
Otto Schade – Pencopolitania Megalitica, 1998

Otto Schade as a Street Artist

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.

Otto Schade - Hole In The Wall, 2009 - Copyright Otto Schade
Otto Schade – Hole In The Wall, 2009

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.

Left - Otto Schade - Say It With Flowers, 2013 - Right - Otto Schade - David vs Goliath, 2014 - Copyright Otto Schade
Left: Otto Schade – Say It With Flowers, 2013 / Right: Otto Schade – David vs Goliath, 2014

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.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Orbs and RibbonsFabrik Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2014Group ShowLollipop Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Contraband (2)Black Apple Gallery, LA, USAGroup
2014Myth and Muse, A Homage to Frida KahloGo Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2014Around the BlockWell Hung Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Thrive, Save Wild TigersSanderson Hotel, LondonGroup
2014Urban ShakedownDocklands, LondonGroup
2014Curio-CityCurious Duke Gallery, LondonGroup
2014The Kiss, A Dark AffairDifferent Gallery, Fitzrovia, LondonGroup
2013Otto SchadeGregg Sheinbaum Fine Art, Wynwood District, Miami, Florida Solo
2013Hidden MessagesHoxton Gallery, Shoreditch, LondonSolo
2013Zealous Art ShowLondonGroup
2013LOSTStreet Art Archive, ZürichGroup
2013Outside II34 Fine Art, Cape Town, South AfricaGroup
2013Urban and Iconic, The World of Street ArtHoxton Arches 402, LondonGroup
2013Urban InterpretationGraffik Gallery, Notting Hill, LondonGroup
2013Stick TogetherAmsterdam Roest, NetherlandsGroup
2012Otto SchadeFrameless Gallery, London, UKSolo
2012Otto SchadeBen Oakley gallery Greenwich, London, UKSolo
2012Urban BarrierBen Oakley Gallery / Rooms MagazineGroup
2012Group ShowGo Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandGroup
2012Group ShowAC Fine Art gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2012First CutLondon West Bank gallery, London, UKGroup
2012Crossing BordersMSA gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Long Players ShowBen Oakley gallery Greenwich, London, UKGroup
2012PhantasmagoriaForman’s Smokespace Gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Otto SchadeFrameless Gallery, London, UKSolo
2011Otto SchadeLAVA Gallery, London, UKSolo
2011Group ShowUnderdog gallery , London, UKGroup
2011Group ShowLava Gallery in Rag Factory, London, UKGroup
2011Our beloved JapanAlmanac Gallery Daikayama, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2011Group ShowAlekano gallery and Alekano Club, London, UKGroup
2011Group ShowLondon West Bank gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Urban in IbizaAgroturismo Atzaro Ibiza, SpainGroup
2011Factory ProjectRed Bull Studios, London, UKGroup
2011Group ShowSeven Space gallery, Kent, UKGroup
2011Group ShowLondon West Bank gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Group ShowGZ gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Group ShowTopolski Century gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Orchestra of stringsCrypt gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Group ShowBedford Sreet Art gallery, Woburn, UKGroup
2010Artworks Project SpaceLondon, UKGroup
2010Group ShowSides Art & Frames gallery, Lytham, UKGroup
2009Group ShowThe Lock Death and daylight, London, UKGroup
2009Group ShowHet Weefhuiss Gallery in Amsterdam, NetherlandGroup
2009Group ShowAustin Gallery in London, UKGroup
2008Otto SchadeHet Weefhuiss Gallery in Amsterdam, NetherlandSolo
2007Otto SchadeChilean Embassy Moscow, RussiaSolo
2007Otto SchadeGallery Fernseheturm Berlin, GermanySolo
2007Otto SchadeGallery 24 Paris, New York, USA Solo
2007Otto SchadeRivington Gallery, London, UKSolo
2006Group ShowInspired Art Fair and Spitalfields New Development in London, UKGroup
2006Group ShowGallery 24 Paris, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Otto SchadeHelle Panke Art Gallery, Prenzlauberg, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Otto SchadeZeitzone Art Gallery, Kreuzberg Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Group ShowOpen Air Gallery Obenbaumbrücke Friederichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Group Show24 Gallery, Friederichshain, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004Group ShowBethanien Künstlerhaus, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004Group ShowSmol Art Gallery, Concepción-ChileGroup
2003Group ShowSmol Art Gallery, Concepción-ChileGroup
2002Group ShowEcuador Park, Concepción-ChileGroup
2000Otto SchadeFrench Alliance Art Gallery, Concepción - ChileSolo
1998Otto SchadeArt Gallery of Intendence Building Concepcion - ChileSolo
1998Otto SchadeArt Gallery of Plaza del Trébol Mall Concepcion - ChileSolo