April 2008: Helmut Otto - About the artist

Helmut Otto grew up in the small town of Nordhausen, Germany. At the age of 22, following a period of compulsory national service, he moved to Berlin and studied at the University of Fine Arts, a move that secured his future as an artist.

In 1962 he was awarded a scholarship and moved to Paris to train with the leading 20th Century artist Johnny Friedlaender. It was in Paris that he met (and promptly married) his English born wife, Carol, who was studying at the Sorbonne.On returning to Berlin in the mid 1960's Helmut continued his studies and in the 1970's worked as a teacher for the international German-American John F Kennedy School in Berlin.

In 1980, at the age of 43, Helmut was appointed as a Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, and was quickly elected to the position of Head of the Art Department, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

In the last 37 years, Helmut has exhibited 29 times across Germany. His most recent exhibitions have been at the German-Japanese Society, Berlin, the Kreissparkasse Bank, Nordhausen and Galerie Taube, Berlin. Helmut's art has developed from abstract oil paintings to the fine watercolours he is now best known for. His style is of almost photographic quality and is predominately landscapes or architecture inspired by his travels throughout the world.

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