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December 12th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Hi all. I am currently in Mexico City for a few months. I have been keeping myself busy reconnecting with old friends, building new relationships, getting in a few bike rides, and planning projects for the upcoming year. Hope all is well where ever you may be and you’re enjoying some down time this holiday season. Stay tuned for more. Cheers!

commission work.

October 27th, 2014 · Uncategorized

After the completion of my recent show, I had the chance to get right back  to work on two commission projects. First, a mural for a private residence in SF.

Also added my artistic touch to the latest addition of the Blue Line Pizza series, this one being in Daly City.

Rising Tides — ARTWORK

October 8th, 2014 · Uncategorized

A few selections from the latest body of work produced in conjunction with my recent pop-up solo exhibition, Rising Tides, in San Francisco. Please feel free to drop a line if you want to know more about purchasing an original.

Let It Rise

Change Starts Within

Waves Of Change

Be Like Water

The Universe Within

The Universe Within (detail)


Radiate (black & white)

Embrace The Unknown

Geo-Metric @ Gensler Art // SF

September 30th, 2014 · Uncategorized

This Thursday!

featuring artwork by: Erik Otto / Kelly Ording / Erik Jones

opens: Thursday, October 2 @ 530-730pm
on view: October 2 – December 1

2 Harrison St (4th Floor)
San Francisco CA

More info >>

Rising Tides — photos

September 30th, 2014 · Uncategorized

That was one amazing night I will never forget! Thank you ALL who made it out to experience my latest installment, Rising Tides. The artwork will continue to be on display at Heron Arts for your viewing pleasure through October 17. Please contact Olivia Ongpin to set up a day and time to stop by.

As we continue to tie up all the loose ends and properly document all the work, here’s a selection of photos from opening night found under the official #RisingTidesSF hashtag to start things off. Enjoy!

photo: @shelbtron

photo: @missmandalu

photo: @vsco

photo: @umajor

photo: @ezachung

photo: @markyenriquez

photo: @jeneschmitz

photo: @miguelescalantejr

photo: @harrisonglazier

photo: @briannguyen

Rising Tides.

September 15th, 2014 · Uncategorized

We are delighted to announce the very first VSCO® Artist Initiative event featuring the work of multidisciplinary artist Erik Otto. The one-night exhibition will take place at Heron Arts in the artist’s hometown of San Francisco.

“Rising Tides”
An immersive art experience

opens: September 25 @ 7pm
on view: September 25 – October 17, 2014

Heron Arts
7 Heron Street
San Francisco CA



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Rising Tides will feature installations inspired by tension and change, as well as hope and creativity. Otto explains, “The economic climate in San Francisco makes it difficult to live a creative lifestyle. This is my way to find peace in the flow of it all. Consider the metaphor of the ocean as life. In order to adapt to these changes, I try to be like water, rather than drowning or struggling against it to stay afloat.” Adding to the immersive art experience, award-winning musician Deru and local DJs will be giving live performances.

Erik Otto is one of 16 current Artist Initiative artists. The Initiative is a $1,000,000USD grant, providing artists with resources to pursue their creative vision.

Please join us for this very special event.

(All photos: Collin Hughes)

Dirty Laundry.

September 3rd, 2014 · Uncategorized

All in perfect timing, I have very in depth Q&A with the good folks at Dirty Laundry. Everything from how I approach large projects, my recent travels to Mexico City, and even some insight to my upcoming show, Rising Tides, I hope to have provided a quality read on an even more quality publication.  I must say, writing is not my strongest talent, but I am genuinely excited about this one. Enjoy and thank you.

“As the outlook of preserving my peace evolved into an understanding that it would be a life-long pursuit – learning that one challenge replaces another, and that moments of hardship are necessary for growth – I began to appreciate the process of pursuing the calling for my life even when it meant facing fears and uncertainties.”

Continue reading >>

Erik Otto x VSCO Artist Initiative

August 29th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Hey all… I am excited to announce that my next big show is now less than 1 month away! In partnership with the VSCO Artist Initiative, the past few months I have been sketching, designing, planning, building, painting, and creating new work that will combine all my talents to bring something special to the city of San Francisco. The result, a pop-up solo show featuring paintings, sculptures, video projection, and a site-specific installation that will host DJs and one special guest musical performance.

The vision comes to life for one night September 25, 2014. Full details and how you can RSVP for the event coming soon.

More info on the project here >>

in the works.

July 28th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I recently partnered with VSCO and their new Artist Iniative to produce a pop-up solo exhibition consisting of paintings and light sculptures all set within a massive site-specific installation featuring a live musical performance. It’s more like a dream project than anything else. Coming soon to San Francisco. Stay tuned for details in the upcoming weeks.

For now, here’s a few photos that sum up a little of what I have been up to so far. All courtesy of my VSCO grid.

Bay Area Now 7 @ YBCA / SF

June 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I am extremely proud to announce that I will be participating in the next Bay Area Now exhibition at YBCA in San Francisco.

This highly anticipated exhibition only happens every three years, and from the words of YBCA, “BAN7‘s core idea is to decentralize the curatorial process, and centralize the public presentation of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the region today.”

Look for my work along with Aaron Bray, Kristin Farr, Jeff Meadows, Marc Kate, Brian Tester, and Lori Gordon in the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery curated space.

opens: July 18
on view: July 18 – October 5, 2014

More info >>