WILD Profile: Erik Otto, Pure Intentions

Name: Erik Otto
Occupation: Visual Artist
Where you live now: San Francisco, CA

Erik Otto profile for The WILD mag
Photo by Carina Johnson

What are you currently working on?
In production with a few private commissions, curating a group show at the new OM Studios event space, and painting a number of pieces in preparation for a big Open Studios event with my very own film premiere after party.

What does good energy mean to you?
Honest actions that stem from pure intentions.

What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?
Too much talk and not enough do.

What would you be doing if you didn’t have your current occupation?
The very idea of not doing what I am currently doing scares me. I wouldn’t know where to begin. As a child, I was into designing theme parks and video games so I imagine I would find some comfy job in either of those fields, get sick of it after two years, then skip town on a endless bicycle journey.

What is on your life-to-do list?
To name a few, master my craft, international museum scale exhibitions, explore Europe by bicycle, obtain a motorcycle and pilot’s license, start a charity, and enjoy every minute I have being alive.

What would you do if you were the president?
Become a martyr and destroy the political system from the inside out. Redirect government spending on national security to schools everywhere.

What is your most striking moment?
A recent one would be watching some of my favorite bands perform surrounded by my artwork at the Outside Lands music festival.

What’s your earliest memory?
Climbing trees.

What cracks you up?
Bob’s Burgers.

What is the WILDEST situation you have ever experienced?
Mountain biking the Andes Mountains in Peru.

What can’t you live without?
Good coffee.

With whom would you like to grow old?
My future wife.

What would you like to leave to future generation?
An inspirational and successful example of living a life on your own terms.

What is your next challenge?
Mexico City.

Who is your Hero?
All those living out their passion.

What is your WILD Wish?
To create a world that has never been seen before then giving it all away.


To learn more, check out erikottostudios.com

text by: Blaine Skrainka

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