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Larry Otoo

Biography

foto larry otooLarry OTOO is represented by OOA Gallery since 2013, but it is always a real pleasure for connoisseurs to embrace his new work, never the same, yet not completely different. This is what we call style!  This accomplished artist, who has reached maturity, is in full possession of his creativity and technical skills, and the paintings he presents to us for this exhibition are further masterful proof of this as well as the promise of an ever ascending curve. 
Larry OTOO is Ghanaian and lives in Ghana, that fascinating West African country that combines tradition and modernity so well. Holder of a Master's Degree in African Art and Comparative Literature from the prestigious "Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology" in Kumasi, in his country, OTOO has participated in exhibitions and residencies around the world and today is considered one of the famous painters from Ghana. OTOO’s works have been presented in Ghana, of course in Spain, but also in prestigious institutions in the United States, Denmark, The Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Italy, Canada and Germany, and some can be found in public collections as far away as Japan. This does not disturb the life or the creativity of the artist, who traces his path with constants, revealing an infinity of variables. 
As Larry OTOO himself explains, “All paintings have three things in common. First, they are dedicated to the human being; second, I only use tones derived from a limited number of primary colors that sometimes break down into secondary colors. This is my specialty as a painter. Third, they are all paintings of an unusual style.”
From the market scenes he is famous for to the most unusual portraits of women, OTOO’s work comes from an alchemy that only its author understands.  Therefore, we could expect some form of fatigue, from the systematic impact of pure color, but the artist's talent makes it possible to ensure that this is not the case and that he does not tire of discovering the different forms and combinations that his works take in a multitude of variants. African markets are all alike, except no one is alike. If the abundance of the crowd, the smells, the colors of the clothes of the people who come there and the products that are offered there to the curiosity of the buyers are a constant, the dryness of the air, or the persistent rain, the luminosity, the passages from shadow to light, everything differentiates them and everything recreates them both similarly and differently. The objects used by both the merchants and buyers, depending on the circumstances, also create variables that have a strong identity.
The power of the artist, using the old formula of the alchemists, is to find order; order from the primordial chaos. Loving to represent human encounters in traditional situations (markets, festivals, etc.) in his country, Larry OTOO finds there his favorite material; the play of tin roofs, that of umbrellas and parasols that mark elegant territories, the contours of the narrow streets that make up the many graphic motifs that structure his paintings, especially since the often unusual point of view helps to give them an attractive new perspective. 
A Ghanaian painter, Larry OTOO is also a painter from Ghana, this country, his country, which inspires his creation. The small portraits of women that accompany these larger works are apparently only a fragment, the best chosen, of his most ambitious works. The palette remains the same, the intention as well and the isolation and solitude of the subject do not give it less strength or charm. These colorful portraits are as if descended from other paintings to be better admired and it is with great pleasure that we admire them as well. In these gloomy and distressing times, Larry OTOO's paintings are like a ray of sunshine that soothes, warms and invigorates us. Sylvain Sankalé Art Critic Dakar, Senegal 

Solo Exhibitions

2019
- Vibrant Colours - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain
2018 
- Melcom Art Exhibition with Larry Otoo - Achimota - Accra, Ghana
2017
- Sight and Style - Labone - Accra, Ghana
- Art Exhibition with Larry Otoo - Holiday Inn Hotel - Accra, Ghana
2016
- Gallery My Trunk – Denmark
2015
- Gallery My Trunk – Denmark
- AfroJazz – Out of Africa gallery, Sitges – Spain
2011
- Happy in Segovia, Residency - Galeria Afrika, Segovia
2009
- Meet the Artist Exhibition - Alliance Francaise, Accra
2008
- End-of-Residency Show, Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, VT
2006
- Larry Otoo - Headlines Hospitality, Accra
2005
- Watershed - Pictorialist Studio, Accra
2004
- Contemporary Encounters - Kuaba Gallery, Indianapolis
2002
- Isn't It Romantic: Flowers - Leasafric, Accra
2000
- Colours of Life - Mmofra Foundation, Accra
1997
- Retrospective - National Theatre, Accra
1993
- Larry Otoo - Beaux Arts Gallery, Trinity House, Accra
1992
- Collector's Items - Goethe Institut, Accra
1988
- Otoo '88 - British Council, Accra
1987
- Holland Calling - University of Ghana, Legon / with KLM airlines
- Fontomfrom - Goethe Institut, Accra
- Impressionism Africa - Arts Circle Gallery, Munich
1983
- Culture Recalled - The Loom, Accra
1981
- Courage in Heritage – USIS American Center

Group Exhibitions

2020
- Duo show “Lost in the Crowd” – OOA Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
- Pop up exhibition “Year of Return” – Tiga Art Gallery – Cantonments – Accra, Ghana 
2018
- 8 artists @ Marriot Hotel - Airport City - Accra, Ghana
- An exhibiiton of paintings @ The Accra International Conference Center - Deutsch Welle and Multi-Media Group of Companies - Accra, Ghana
- Tiga Art Gallery / Stanchart Bank @ Kempenski Hotel - Accra, Ghana
- Gallery My Trunk Exhibitions - Aarhus, Denmark
2017
- Gallery My Trunk Exhibitions  - Aarhus, Denmark - Exhibition for Ford Foundation Delegation at the Artist Alliance Gallery - Accra, Ghana
- Sight & Style – Larry Otoo & Haila Sabah (Designer’s wardrobe) 
2015 
- An exhibition of paintings by 6 Ghanaian artists - St Petersburg & Moscow, Russia
2013
- Mar & Música – Larry Otoo & Kobina Nyarko – Out of Africa gallery, Sitges - Spain
2010
- Pulse the Pulse: Portrait of Accra - ACC Gallery, Weimar Ç
- Jamestown Mantse Exhibition - Goethe Institut, Accra
2009
- Nsoroma: Legacy of Joe Nkrumah - Dei Centre, Accra
2006
- Four Ghanaian Artists - Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
2002
- Ghana - S.B.K. Kunsthal, Amsterdam
- Body Electric (Valentine Show) - National Theatre, Accra
2001
- Just Women - Artists Alliance, Accra
- Akwaaba - Basilica del Santo, Padova
- African Strides - Mmili Nma Center (opening), Lagos
2000
- Save our Soul 51st Anniversary - Novotel, Accra
- A Slice of Contemporary African Art - Gallery B: Fors, Stockholm and Frederiksberg City Hall, Copenhagen
1999
- 4-Man Show - Leasafric, Accra
- 30th Anniversary - The Loom Gallery, Accra
1998
- International Contemporary Art Fair - Arte Fiera, Bologna
1997
- Cross Currents: Journeys Within the Diaspora - Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis
1996
- Wiz, Larry, Kofi - Loft des Artistes Gallery, Abidjan
- Art in Corporate Environment - National Theatre, Accra
- Rise With the Sun Women and African - York Quay Centre Gallery, Toronto
1994
- Sixteen: Exhibition of Paintings and Prints - Savannah Gallery of Modern African Art, London 1993 Larry Otoo and Kofi Setordji - Bosman's House, Accra
1993
- A Grain of Wheat - Commonwealth Institute, London / with the Addax
- A Grain of Wheat - Commonwealth Institute, London / with the Addax & Oryx Group, Ltd. 1990 Volunteer Service Overseas: Auction for the World - The Mall Galleries, London
1992
- Paradox of the New - Laing Art Gallery, New Castle Upon-Tyne
1990
- Portobelle Festival – London
1989
- Africa Meets Africa - Pan-African Writers Association, Artists Alliance, Accra
1987
- "Ghana" at IFA Gallerie - Bonn
1984
- 28th Ghana Independence Anniversary Art Exhibition - Westbourne Gallery, London
- Selected Ghanaian Artists - The Modern African Art Gallery, Accra
- 27th Ghana Independence Anniversary Art Exhibition - Ghanaian Embassy in London
1981
- BBC Silver Jubilee Art Exhibition - London Special

Orders and major public works

- Artists Alliance - Accra
- Cal Merchant Bank - Accra
- Dei Centre - Accra
- Ghana's Washington Chancery - Washington, D.C.
- Johnson Wax, Head Office - Accra
- Mövenpick Hotel - Accra
- Noguchi Memorial Institut - Tokyo
- Presidential Suite, Kwame Nkrumah Conference Centre - Accra
- UNICEF House - Accra World Bank Office - Accra
- His Excellence Nana Akuffo-Addo and First Lady Rbecca Akuffo Addo - Accra, Ghana
- Francisco Hernandez - Murcia Street Art Festival - Murcia, Spain
 

Available artworks

 

. Larry Otoo - "Lady sings the blues" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - Price: 4.800€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Face Lift - 2010 - 118cm H x 146cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 4.600€ -. INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Blue Trek - 2018 - 121cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 5.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Profile Sparkle - 2020 - 60cm x 60cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Glass Stare - 2019 - 90,5cm H x 60,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.600€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Watching - 2020 - 76cm H x 60,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.600€ INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Juliet's Scream - 2016 - 60,5cm x 60,5cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Face Rainbow - 2020 - 60,5cm x 60cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Palm Fruits and Mangoes - 2020 - 100,5cm H x 149,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 5.000€ - INFO
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All artworks

 

. Larry Otoo - Palm Fruits and Mangoes - 2020 - 100,5cm H x 149,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 5.000€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Face Rainbow - 2020 - 60,5cm x 60cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Juliet's Scream - 2016 - 60,5cm x 60,5cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Watching - 2020 - 76cm H x 60,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.600€ INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Glass Stare - 2019 - 90,5cm H x 60,5cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.600€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Profile Sparkle - 2020 - 60cm x 60cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 1.400€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Blow Jazz - 2019 - 119cm H x 144cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Umbrella Festival - 2019 - 121cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Town reflections - 2018 - 120cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Red Stall - 2018 - 114cm H x 143cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Colourful Market - 2018 - 101cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Market Square - 2018-2019 - 121cm H x 139cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Blue Trek - 2018 - 121cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 5.400€ - INFO
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. Larry OTOO - Jazz Road Map - 2018 - 120cm H x 182cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Market Lane Crowd - 2017 - 114cm H x 69cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Palm Fruit Sellers - 2017 73cm H x 95cm W - Acryic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - African Jazz - 2015 - 100cm H x 152cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - Face Lift - 2010 - 118cm H x 146cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 4.600€ -. INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Dukes Muse" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Blast zone" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Jazz brotherhood" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 95cm H x 133cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "New Orleans" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 122cm H x 125cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Urban Jazz" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 74cm H x 154cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Fusion" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 92cm H x 155cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Lady sings the blues" - 2014 - Acrylic on canvas - 115cm H x 145cm W - Price: 4.800€ - INFO
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. Larry Otoo - "Blue Throb" - 2006 -. Acrylic on canvas - 100cm H x 100cm W - SOLD - INFO
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