The ruffled, bunched, and roiling surfaces of Angel Otero’s canvases explore the tactile potential and associations of oil paint. Using the thin, dried layers formed by pouring oil paint in globs or puddles onto glass, Otero creates works whose surfaces undulate and splay, decorating them with dense textures or Spanish baroque floral patterns. He often applies paint in a collage-like manner, creating an intriguing transgression of traditional notions of painterliness. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, much of Otero’s work, such as his 2012-13 series of ornate steel gates embedded with glazed porcelain, reference the neighborhoods and images of his childhood.
Otero's work has been exhibited at institutions including El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and he was the recipient of a 2009 of an Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts.