The Art of Rudy Rotter
The Art of Rudy Rotter (1913-2001) presents a special world of people and creatures set rhythmically and dynamically within the borders of his many drawing and sculptures.
This art is the product of the artist’s personal exploration into the interconnectedness of humanity. The sensations the work generates are inner-directed but unbounded and the feelings deeply etched.
The style has been attributed to the Outsider and Self-taught genres.
For 45 years Rotter obsessively created art daily in an unheated studio in a small Wisconsin town, producing enough work to eventually fill three floors of a self-styled museum.
The art is unique and is immediately attributable to this artist. The work exists outside of the standard conventions and formal language of the art world. It is the product of this artist’s rich inner imagination, his intense drive to create, and his constant inventiveness.
While the museum no longer exists, a fresh effort is underway to raise awareness of this under-recognized artist.
Humanity Smiling On A Happy Sleeping Family
Magic markers on particleboard – 12 x 30 in. – 1999
Read : Who was Rudy Rotter
Exhibitions: CV Exhibition List
Wikipedia : The Artist as a Humanist
Excerpt: A Portrait of the Artist – in his final year
Update: The Age of Covid and the Rudy Rotter Collection
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 – large file / slow load
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
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The Art of Rudy Rotter
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