Otto Schade was born in Concepcion, Chile in 1971.
After a degree in Architecture at the Bio Bio University and one in Construction and Design in Concepción, Chile, he started his career as an Architect with his own practise and as Urban Sculptor, being rewarded for public and private projects.
Fascinated by Surrealism and abstract art, Otto turned his creative skills to painting, which has become his strongest passion. Originally working with oil paint on canvas, he has since consistently explored different styles and mediums – growing, adapting changing his style to include other techniques such as collage, illustration and stencil free-hand spray paint on canvas and walls. Most of the themes behind his compositions are treated with a sharp, ironic touch.
After moving to Shoreditch, Otto became interested in the local street art and once again adapted his style, this time to painting on the streets using the pseudonym “Osch”. He developed his orb style for communicating his anti-war theme and his trademark ribbon style that emerges out of his knowledge of the use of space gained from his architectural background.
Osch has taken part in some of the biggest art festivals such as the “Upfest” Bristol (UK), “Sand, Sea and Spray” in Blackpool (UK), “City of Colors” Birmingham (UK), “Hometown” Berlin (Germany). His works have also been exhibited in US as well as in Chile, Kenya, Japan, China and many cities in Europe. Otto has an affinity for European cities like Berlin (where he lived for two years), Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris, Barcelona and London. As such you can find his works in the streets, galleries and exhibition centres of all these places.
For his first solo show in France at GCA Gallery Paris, Otto will present a selection of both his ribbon portraits as well as his orb series.
The portraits will focus on animal portraiture like a classical bestiary. The middle age tradition is here reviewed in a very contemporary style. The idea is not so much to depict the animals themselves but rather having a very powerful and decorative image. Otto manages to input a certain sense of poetry such as in his « Butterfly kiss » depicting two faces kissing and forming a butterfly ; or a great sense of humour with his « Mc Doo Doonald » showing this urban dog doing his ice-cream-like poo on the pavement.
His « Elephant », « Horse Head » or « Tiger threat » are to be seen as a more frontal image rendering the power and mightiness of these imposing beasts.
Regarding his orb serie, Otto uses a limited palette of colours and a different technique. Two dimensional silhouettes are put on sunset backgrounds enclosed in a disc. The themes here are a lot more sociological and political. The artist shows us the incongruities of the society we live in. His little girl picking up flowers looking like nuclear waste or his chained young couple playing a game over an already eaten apple while bombing takes place in the background. The softness of treatment makes his images all the more powerful and meaningfull while keeping a very aesthetic aspect to it.