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 underrecognized artist.
- Kohler Art Foundation
- Portrait Society Gallery
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Two works by Rudy Rotter. This extreme divergent dichotomy of styles is seen throughout Rudy's 45 years of art production. 1) Figure — foundry pattern with white paint – 3 x 9.5 in. – 1984 2) Head — carved hardwood foundry pattern – 4 x 12 in. – c. 1972 #rudyrotter #rudyrotterart #selftaughtartist #outlierart
Articles, Books & Exhibitions
– Outsider Magazine – 2003: The Uncertain Legacy of Rudy Rotter
– Let the Joy Come In: The Last Decade of Rudy’s Art
– Miracle of the Spirit – 2005: pp. 53-61
– Artist’s Letter: Memories – 1995
– Exhibitions: Shows, Collections, and Publications
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2008)
KCPT Kansas City, MO (2001)
|PowerPoint Book – large file
Online Slide Deck – fast load/lower quality
“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 father’s work.