Picking up on the codes and symbols that surround us in our modern world, American artist Otto Berchem has absorbed these forms as the rudiments of his artistic exploration. Pairing them in new relationships, Berchem brings them to life through a variety of media.
Testing the bounds between the iconic and the incongruous, Berchem compels viewers to digest his work through his bold use of inviting color. Once a viewer taps into the visual language of Berchem’s work, there is no limit to the fascination that can ensue.
Born in Milford, Connecticut, in 1967, Berchem earned his BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1990 before completing his MFA at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1994 as well as a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam between 1995 and 1996. He has enjoyed ample opportunity to showcase his work. Recent exhibitions of Berchem’s art include “Mobilize” at the Instituto de Vision, Bogota, Colombia (2017); “Carousel” at the Whitehouse Project Space in Lovenjoel, Belgium (2018); and “Divisions of Labor” at Revolver Galeria in Lima, Peru (2019).