Otto Zitmanis (1980)
Otto Zitmanis belongs to the youngest generation of Latvian painters. From the art critics of Latvia he has won the prize for the best debut in 2000, and his participation in several group exhibitions has made people to talk a lot about Otto. Maybe even not wanting it himself, he is playing a role of the protagonist of his generation.
He calls his manner of painting "the emotionally advised painting", when artist follows the inner feelings, painting moments and senses of seconds. It is believed that art is created from one's own phobias. Otto gives boost for talks like these. There is a clear message in his works.
In the paintings of Otto Zitmanis, the truth is sought in male - female relationships, in playful and self-ironic form, where the artistic approaches are comicality, exaggeration and an emphasis on narrative. His art speaks to audience with explicit vitality and picturesque, brilliancy of colour, form plastics and dynamic composition. Otto uses distortion of reality as an allegory, in order to discover that which only he can see.
The expressive titles of his paintings play as important role as the plot itself.
On one hand Otto's style of painting with the indelicate plot protests against the doctrine of canonic school, on other - he maintains the typical habit of Latvian painting - to use the emotions somehow hidden, not told directly but told by the third communication language accepted in the local convention.
He doesn't show his fears, but heralds diplomatically.