Daniel Otero Torres was born in 1985 in Bogota, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Daniel Otero Torres’ work is grounded on the re-construction of ideology through often realistic drawings done by hand over aluminum and steel. Moving in the frontier between drawing and sculpture, Daniel Otero’s origami-like constructions appear at first as uncanny grand-format black and white photographs. Upon closer inspection, one realises the images are in fact handmade drawings, laboriously done with graphite pencils over a flat surface that has the visual weightlessness of paper but the actual density of metal.
The artist’s unusual technique succeeds in creating a dislocation of materials as well as of contexts: his images often represent not a single individual but a visual and historical collage created from a number of sources: from antique archives and books, to found images in contemporary newspapers or online sources that reflect the artist’s process of understanding the role of marginalised or largely ignored populations that have, nonetheless, played essential roles in recent history around the world.
His works have been exhibited in numerous institutions such as the Regional Contemporary Art Museum of Occitanie, France (2018); Contemporary Art Centre of Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes, France (2016); Kunstverein Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany (2014); Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany (2011); and the Bullukian Foundation, Lyon, France (2010), among others.
Daniel Otero Torres has been a resident of the Villa Belleville (2015-2016); Molly sabata Residency in Les Sablons, France (2014); the Cité des arts de Paris (2011-2012), and L’attrape-couleurs in Lyon, France. He has been awarded the Hors les murs-creation and research program award by the French Institute; the Rhône-Alpes Young Creation Award; the Rendez-vous 15, Contemporary Art Centre of Villeurbanne Award; the Rhône-Alpes, Biennale de Lyon Award; and the prize of the Conseil Général of the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon.