Otto is a Graphic Artist who practices books arts, screen printing and illustration. From 1991 he has illustrated for international newspapers and magazines like The Guardian, Independent, Libération, Le Monde, New York Times, The Economist amongst many others.
In 1991 Otto studied BA Graphic Designat Bristol Polytechnic, and in 1996 completed an MA in Illustration at Kingston University, where he started screen printing artists' books.
Since then he has made around 80 titles in total. The books contain Otto’s visual narratives, often accompanied by text. The graphics are mainly influenced by Russian Constructivism as well as Baroque painting, and experiment with design and typography to push the boundaries of his visual language.
Otto is running a screen printing workshop in a rural location near Bath UK, called MSP, where the books are created and published. A range of ISBN registered titles are distributed by Central Books, London. They are large editions of hundreds or thousands, but still hand-printed at MSP. As a consequence this range of titles is now increasingly sold in shops.
At the same time Otto makes smaller editions of more elaborate artists’ books. Those are often case-bound and experiment with intricate layering of ink and complex folding techniques. Otto regularly presents his work at international Artists’ Book Fairs.
Bristol Centre Space 1991-93
Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2002-04
Space Studios, London Vauxhall 2004-10
In 2011 Otto established Marshfield Screen Print, an Artist Open Access screen printing workshop near Bath