Artist Statement

“As an Artist, i want to develop paintings that will tell a Story that YOUR mind creates  whilst looking at it.”


Michael Ottavio is a Selftaught Artist living near Hamburg.

By applying an abstraction in his Paintings and Objects, MO focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, a space that is economically uninteresting.

His paintings do not always refer to recognizable forms and shapes. The results are often deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, He creates intense personal moments. Created by means of his rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

His works are often about done with contact to basic “living” elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, MO´s works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern.

A form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.

Michael´s works are often characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive.

Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.  You will see Materials such as Tapes, Metal, Wood, and others brought onto the Canvas. Canvas itself on Canvas , sometimes broken, crooked, un-clean.

His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the 21st century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.



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