Otto Rapp - Fine Artist

Otto Rapp

Wien, Wien - Austria








Otto Rapp

Wien, Wien - Austria

Otto Rapp - Fine Artist

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October 29th, 2007







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Born in 1944 in Felixdorf, Lower Austria, I lived and was educated in Vienna, where later I worked as a clerk in the Transport and Insurance Business. After completing service in the Austrian Air Force, I traveled throughout Europe, eventually settling in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a Painter I was initially self taught, studying in the various Galleries and Museums. In Vienna, I was often hanging out at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, where I admired the work of the Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus represented there by the Professors Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner and Arik Brauer.

In Stockholm, I found out that I was washing dishes in the very same Restaurant where years earlier another Viennese Artist, Fritz Hundertwasser had worked the same job. Encouraged by an art dealer in Gamla Stan, I began to paint more seriously. Busking on the streets of Gamla Stan with a Dutch artist, my very first painting was sold to a passer-by by my artist friend while I stood in the employment office line - this paid for a lavish meal for both of us that day.

Traveling around in 1968, I wound up in Western Canada where eventually I settled in Lethbridge, Alberta, the place I still call home today. It was in Canada where the majority of my mature work was produced (under the sponsorship of a small Lethbridge Gallery).

Working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, I quit in 1977 to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the University of Lethbridge, graduating (with great distinction) in 1982.

In Canada, I participated in many exhibitions, and held several Solo Shows, culminating in the pivotal 1994 showing at The Prairie Art Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta, which earned me the moniker The Mystic.

Throughout my years in Canada, I had been the subject of many reviews and newspaper articles as well as local television shows in Calgary and Lethbridge while being active as an artist, art instructor, curator, studio technician, art critic and juror.

Art Of The Mystic Otto Rapp Website

I am also the founder of the VISIONARY ART NETWORK, a private network of some of the best Visionary Artists globally. The public arm of our network is the VISIONARY ART GALLERY - visit and enjoy perusing hundreds of the greatest Artists around; some of them are also on FAA, and their stores are linked to our VISIONARY ART EMPORIUM:


Since 2011 I split my time between Canada and Austria, maintaining a studio in Vienna at the Palais Palffy, Josefsplatz 6, where also Ernst Fuchs has his downtown studio, and the Phantasten Museum Wien is located. Starting in the Fall of 2013, this will also be the location for the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art.

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Unbelievable - to be listed among some of the worlds famous artists - and for the List25 The image is posted on FAA here:  

MYSTIC UFO - digital self-portrait my gifted musician friend Peter Profant composed a work for this image and put it on you tube. "I thought I saw a UFO, but it was just YOU!" Photo Art Work: Otto Rapp - Music: Peter Profant Ivana Pristas... 

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The Visionary Art Emporium

June 11th, 2010

I am the founder of the VISIONARY ART NETWORK, a private network of some of the best Visionary Artists globally. The public arm of our network is the VISIONARY ART GALLERY - visit and enjoy perusing over 150 of the greatest Artists around; some of t... 

Our newest member in the Visionary Art Network is Ettore Aldo Del Vigo ETTORE ALDO DEL VIGO - VISIONARY ART GALLERY 

LAURIE LIPTON is our Artist of the month for May 2010 Visit the Artists website LAURIE LIPTON ARTIST OF THE MONTH - VISIONARY ART GALLERY - LAURIE LIPTON 

GUEST CURATORS PICK From time to time we will be inviting a Senior Member of the Visionary Art Network to provide us with with his/her Favorites. Guest Curator Tim Anderson's Favorites Tim Anderson has provided us with a slide show of his own ... 

New Artists added to the VISIONARY ART GALLERYThere are a number of new members that had joined our Private Visionary Art Network this past week, and we welcome them to the tribe: ERIC LACOMBE MARCEL BAKKERTIM ROOSEN DON FARRELL CAMI... 

Visionary Art Gallery

April 25th, 2010

In January 2009, Otto Rapp started a Private Network of Visionary Artists on the Ning Platform with a handful of friends. Since then, the Membership has steadily grown and includes some of the very best Visionary Artists in the Universe. Many of th... 

Detail of “Isaacs Offering” on the west-wall of the Chapel * More images are found on the Church of St.Egid Website * Main Article in the (Austrian) Kurier on Friday, April 2nd: Ernst Fuchs created: "In God's image" Background Sto... 

SilKMilK MagiZain s p o o l # 4 I am proud to be part of this fine publication with this painting: Hermaphrodite by Otto Rapp Fascinum Panel 4 by Iain Whittaker, from the SilKMilK 4 centrefold Front (above right) cover by Joseph Larkin, ... 

Visionary Art

October 26th, 2008

The avatar for the gallery is a work by Abdul Mati Klarwein click it for a link to the Visionary Art Site on Facebook Christian De Boeck, administering the Visionary Art Gallery on Facebook had done an exemplary job of rallying together like-min... 

Dog Murder Art

April 16th, 2008

I was alerted to this atrocity by a artist friend. Rather than repeating what I posted elsewhere, here is a link to my blog with the full text of my friends letter: Dog Murder Art 

Orphaned Works Legislation

April 15th, 2008

We all have a stake in this! How You May Lose All the Rights to Every Piece of Art You Have Ever Created! Check out this site for detailed information: There is a petition being circulated right... 

Interesting Surrealist site

March 6th, 2008

Check out this site if you are a surrealist or fantasy artist. You could contribute to the Guest Gallery and have your link posted on their site: Join | List | Random | Featured  

My blog on blogspot

October 29th, 2007

For starters, check my weblog here: Art of the Mystic on Blogspot. The image shown is a Digital Manipulation of acrylic ink on mylar 'Decalcomania', called "Decalcomanic Mirror", which I used later as a skin for my first edition 2008 Calendar. Bel...