Alumnus Details Unconventional “Oil Skins”
On March 1 W Magazine spent “Five Minutes With Angel Otero,” a New York–based artist and SAIC alumnus “who transforms liquid material into thick-yet-elegant layers.” In an interview with Meghan Dailey, Otero (BFA 2007, MFA 2009) reveals his unique painting process begins with traditional methods. “I have my brush, my palette, and I paint with oil on glass,” he says. “Then I introduce the unconventional: I scrape off the paint in layers—what I call ‘oil skins’—and it becomes a three-dimensional material.” The artist— whose influences include Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock—explains classical and contemporary issues factor equally in his work. “I want to keep up a dialogue between past and present by being loyal to what painting has been but at the same time questioning it,” he says.