Welcome to the Art of Rudy Rotter

The Art of Rudy Rotter

Rudy Rotter was a passionate self-taught artist living in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He created more than 15,000 works of art over a 45-year period until his passing in 2001.

Rudy’s art was created outside the standard conventions and language of the formal art world. He compulsively created art daily for decades driven by the strength of his own vision. In the process,  a homespun museum was assembled to display his profuse production.

While the museum no longer exists, a fresh effort is now underway to inform the public about Rudy and his art. The mission is to raise awareness of, engagement with, and appreciation for this important and under-recognized artist.


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Read :   Who was Rudy Rotter
Photos :   View the Art
Exhibitions:   CV Exhibition List

Wikipedia :   The Artist as a Humanist
Chapter:   A Portrait of the Artist – in his final year

NEW:  Selected Drawings via Artwork Archive

A Short Essay 
The Expertise of Rudy Rotter From Early to Late Period
| pdf

Early to Late Period

Articles, Books & Exhibitions

 Outsider Art Fair  2019  –  Works on Paper | Booth #51
 Folk Art Messenger  2018  –  A Warehouse Full of Dreams
 Miracle of the Spirit  2005  –  Stories from Wisconsin
 Artist’s Letter  1995  –  Memories
 Let the Joy Come In  –  The Last Decade of Rudy’s Art


Two Works by Rudy Rotter, self-taught artist
These two works show the extreme divergence of style seen throughout Rotter’s 45 years of art production.

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KCPT Kansas City, MO (2001)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2008)


Rudy Rotter’s Spirit-Driven Art

The Odyssey and Evolution of an Artistic Vision

by Anton Rajer

Rudy Rotter's Spirit Driven Art book
PDF formatgood quality / slow load
Online Slide Deck – fast load / lower quality
Microsoft Word – best quality / large download

His creativity is driven by a passion to convey a feeling about humanity. In the sanctity of his Buffalo Street studio, it doesn’t matter who or what is outside the door. Inside, his mind and imagination take him to places most ordinary mortals will only begin to know by looking at his work.”

QuickTime Movies of Rudy Rotter
(low-quality videos but worth viewing)

Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies
Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies
Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies

Rudy’s thoughts on the act of creating

Rudy in his workshop
Rudy and his spray-painted creatures
Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies
Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies
Rudy Rotter self-taught artist movies
Rudy and his use of patterns and molds
Rudy presenting trophy material sculptures
Rudy showing his use of multiples

All inquiries are welcome.

Randy Rotter
(206) 855-9625

About: Randy, Rudy’s son, earned an MFA in Sculpture from the Univ. of Southern California. In the early 1980s Randy worked as an artist on New York’s Lower East Side, later moving to Seattle to spend 18 years in the technology sector before retiring in 2011. He is now happily re-engaged in the world of art as the steward of the extensive collection of his late father’s artwork.

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