Tom Otterness was born in Wichita, Kansas, and now lives and works in New York. Otterness’ work can be found in various museum and private collections, but it is mainly known from exhibition in public spaces, in the New York metro stations, on Times Square and in the vicinity of Battery Park. That work, entitled The Real World, is an installation of human and animal figures in a sculpture garden.
Otterness started training as a painter at the Arts Student League in 1970, and in 1973 he took part in the independent study program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He developed into an artist with strong social commitment. As co-founder of Colab (Collaborative Projects) at the end of the seventies, he became involved in a group of around fifty young artists who organized exhibitions on particular social and political themes and who wanted to change society through their work. ‘Art on the streets’ was their creed.