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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.
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.
Eine Ausstellung von Gemälden und Zeichnungen von Otto Rapp, einem Vertreter der Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus, wird in der Residenz von Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly stattfinden.
7. Februar 2013 von 18:00 Uhr bis 22:00 Uhr
Getränke und Snacks werden serviert.
Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch
Residenz Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly
Kandlgasse 19-21/9 1070 Wien, Österreich
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A exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Otto Rapp, a representative of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, will be held at the Residence of Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly.
February 7th 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drinks and Snacks will be served.
We look forward to your Visit
Residence Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly
Kandlgasse 19-21/9 1070 Wien, Austria
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A few months ago, I 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 these artists had been friends for decades, others are new to the fold. Here is a selection of PAINTINGS from the hundreds of works submitted so far.
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List of exhibiting Members from the Visionary Art Network:
The drawing "Selfpropelled Beastie Seeder" by Otto Rapp, which has been voted into the Top 50 in Round 6 of the Second Saachi Gallery Showdown, has now been added to the beinArt Collection in Melbourne, Australia.
Fine Quality Giclee Prints of this drawing are available here at Fine Art In America.