Zé Otavio

January 21, 2014

Ze Otavio does what most artists loathe to do--he doesn't clean up. Rather than obsess over the perfection of lines and erasures, Otavio embraces the sketchy nature of his initial strokes and trusts the energetic purity of "keeping things messy." He was born in Brazil and works in Sao Paolo, channeling his studies in photography and life drawing into his illustrations. He finds his sketchbooks to be where most of the magic happens, unafraid to use tape, splatters and graphite to achieve a beautifully raw effect.