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Johnny Otilano
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  • Fresno, CA
  • United States
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I'm a self-taught artist born in the Philippines, a country rich in culture and history. I graduated from Feati University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, major in Advertising Design. In 1989, I made my first trip to the U.S. at the invitation of the Philippine Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

I was fortunate to be recognized after my painting "Market Place" won Second Place and received the highest winning bid in an art contest sponsored by KVPT Channel 18 for their 20th Great Annual Art Auction in 1997. Last year, one of my paintings, entitled “November 25, 1994,” received the People’s Choice Award at the Pink Show 2010 and Last October of this year my paintings entitled "Autumn Leaves" won the Peoples Choice Award and Most Inspiring Entry at The Pink Show 2011.

I have been known for my portrait commissions and landscape paintings. I dreamed about becoming a soldier as a kid to help defend my country, but my interest changed when I started to dabble with art using the four walls of our home. With my artistic blood awakened, I then channeled my energy and passion for my country through arts with a paintbrush filled with bold, striking colors.

My own style was developed with influences of masters and recent artists. The distinctive personal style and technique that I have incorporated in my pieces are spreading paint on raw plywood, and gluing and nailing found objects like soda can pull tabs, old keys, metal chains and gun shells.

If I gained recognition, it was for the ability to conjure great emotions and portray a story behind each of my creations. As a established international artist living in Central California, I still carry that passion with dozens of artwork pieces conveying my style and insignia.

I've exhibited in many galleries here in the U.S. and museums abroad. In addition to the visual art, I compose and write music that relate to my paintings and that are performed at my shows.

It is my belief, as an artist and as a human, that we all exist here for a purpose. As an Artist, you have to explore a lot and experiment, and as time goes by you uncover your own self and discover where you stand. No matter what other people say: continue what you're doing, believe in yourself and be passionate in your art. Your art and what you express and everything that comes out of it is your soul, a God-given talent, a God-given soul.

I feel that my paintings express a thousand words and myriad thoughts, "If a pen be mightier than a sword, my brushes are more powerful than a bow and arrow.”
Arts Specialty:
Oil Paint and Mixed Media
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Fresno High School International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Student Art Show

Hello everyone! My son's artwork will be showing at Fresno High School International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Student Art Show 1040 N. Fulton Street Fresno, CA. 93722 (between Olive and Belmont) tomorrow April 11, 2012... 5 PM - 8 PM...See you there!!!…


Posted on April 11, 2012 at 7:11am — 4 Comments

Call for Artists Open Juried Online Show for Artist's World Magazine May Issue

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Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:02pm

Call for Artists Open Juried Online Show for Artist's World Magazine April Issue

Call for Artists Open Juried Online International Art Contest for Artist's World Magazine April Issue.

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Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:00pm

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At 9:57pm on September 22, 2011, David Samuels said…

Your art work is powerful!





At 9:01am on December 18, 2010, Rosemary Lakovich said…

Happy Birthday Johnny!  Fun getting to know you at the Mirror, Mirror Show at Margret Hudson Gallery last month. I know you took a lot of pictures at the event, did you post them anywhere?  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Peace and Blessings, Rosemary

At 12:31am on December 1, 2010, Valoree Perez said…
that would be so cool! soon as my life calms down a bit, im wrapping up a few painting jobs and then hoping to find a dining room is soo lame, im surprised I havent painted my grocery list or something lame...haha. LOL
At 8:34pm on November 29, 2010, Valoree Perez said…
Love your work Johnny! hope to see them at a show sometime! so much emotion! u are a great painter, and I love the texture. so cool!
At 10:15pm on November 27, 2010, SIN said…
Johnny, you do good things with your art, from your genuine soul. Keep it coming!
At 6:32pm on November 24, 2010, Donna Marie Paulino said…
Hey, Johnny. Check your inbox, I have a message for you. Take care.
At 5:24am on November 6, 2010, Craig Mendez said…
This is a painting of my friend Johnny Otilano I used to create this piece.I hope you like it Johnny. I thought it was very moving thats why I want to keep it alive.

At 11:24pm on October 31, 2010, Partners N Art said…
Hi Johnny, your pictures are filled with great expression and I find them so moving. Borders, however has to have family friendly artwork, which means no nudes, nothing religious, or anything considered dark art (sculls, blood, etc.) Perhaps other venues in the future. I will keep you in mind. Thank you for responding to the call.
At 4:05pm on October 9, 2010, Rosemary Lakovich said…
It was a pleasure to meet you too. Peace, Rosemary
At 7:30am on October 8, 2010, SIN said…
Hi Johnny, if you can inbox me your number, I will call you when I get off work. Thanks!

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