The Art of Rudy Rotter
The Art of Rudy Rotter (1913-2001) presents a special world composed of people and creatures set rhythmically and dynamically inside the borders of his drawing and sculptures. However, the sensations and feelings generated are unbounded; ranging wide and deep.
The work is the expressive product of the artist’s personal exploration into the interconnectedness of humanity.
Over a 45-year period, the artist daily created his art in an unheated studio in a small Wisconsin town, obsessively producing enough work to fill a self-styled museum.
The work is both unique and immediately attributable to this artist. It exists outside of the standard conventions and language of the formal art world. The artist was not part of a contemporary art context and thus relied solely on his own inner imagination and invention. The work has been defined as belonging to the Self-taught and Outsider genres.
While the museum no longer exists, a fresh effort is underway to raise awareness and appreciation of the under-recognized art of Rudy Rotter.
Please use this website to learn more about the artist and his work.
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
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
|PDF format – good 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
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(low-quality videos but worth viewing)
Rudy’s thoughts on the act of creating
Rudy in his workshop
Rudy and his spray-painted creatures
Rudy and his use of patterns and molds
Rudy presenting trophy material sculptures
Rudy showing his use of multiples
All inquiries are welcome.
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.
- This site is best viewed on a large screen.