The Art of Rudy Rotter
The artist Rudy Rotter (American, 1913-2001) created a special world within the borders of his many drawings and sculptures. The prodigious amount of artwork produced over four decades was an intense exploration into the interconnectedness of humankind.
The core of this artist’s vision is derived from Humanism. The work expresses a deep compassion, empathy, and fascination with the majesty and mystery Humanity. The art is confident, intuitive, and viscerally abstract; a style he termed Primitive Expressionism.
The elemental subject matter is depicted through primal family groupings, iconic figures such as Adam and Eve, Moses, and other cultural archetypes. Later he added an assortment of imaginary creatures, often in a swirling context, to represent the maelstrom of life.
The style of this art is attributed to the Outsider and self-taught genres.
At first glance the work appears to be naive and primitive, but a sustained and focused viewing informs that the art is both sophisticated and complex.
For 45-years Rotter obsessively created art daily in an unheated 100-year-old warehouse in the small Wisconsin town of Manitowoc, filling three large floors of his self-styled museum.
The Rudy Rotter Museum of Sculpture ceased to exist with his passing. The artwork remains in limbo and is waiting to re-enter public view.
A fresh effort is now underway to make this excellent art accessible, and to tell the story of this significant and under-recognized artist.
Humanity Smiling On A Happy Sleeping Family
Magic markers on particle board – 12 x 30 in. – 1999
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Revisiting | 2019 Essay
The consistent skill and intention of the artist
The Expertise of Rudy Rotter — from Early to Late Period | image
Early to Late Period
Articles, Books & Exhibitions
Outsider Art Fair 2019 – Works on Paper | Booth #51 | NYC
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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(recovered low-quality thumbnail videos)
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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