Faculty

Otto Rutt

Otto Rutt

Otto Rutt is a US Marine Corps fighter pilot turned painter and printmaker. He completed his MFA at Florida Atlantic University in 2020. Bolder is better in Rutt’s overarching aesthetic. Abstraction is strategically deployed as uniquely equipped to capture multiple meanings simultaneously and expressively. His dramatic art is heightened by large scale, strident colors, physical expression, and strong materials. Significant themes – life and death, passion and tragedy – are pulled from literature and personal experience.  As Rutt states, “I am inspired by dramatic scenes from literature. New worlds are painted in my mind that I then work to express dynamically through my art.” In one series, Rutt completed a series of fifteen paintings inspired by transcendence in Hamlet. These works bristle with raw emotion which is communicated through vibrant color and aggressive applications of paint or ink, reflecting physical and spiritual turmoil. His education includes degrees from the University of Chicago (’94) and Harvard (’82).