Nate Otto is an artist and illustrator based in Chicago, where he lives with his wife. His work explores urban landscapes and architecture filtered through his own vision. Mapping, gentrification, development, decay, and the inherent and ongoing change in the urban space, are among the ideas Nate tries to tackle with his graphic, stylized, and simplified drawings, paintings, and murals.
Nate's work is inspired and influenced by art brut, abstract expressionism, graphic design, comic art, geometric abstraction, and the onslaught of imagery of that pours down on him from his perch in Chicago Illinois. Although Nate is primarily known for his dense and illustrative cityscapes on panels, Nate also has been developing multiple idiosyncratic painting styles of his own for years. Nate had a career in teaching people with disabilities until the pull of art became too great and he became a full time artist and illustrator in 2012.