Ottorino “Otto” D’Ambra was born in Milan in 1978. He obtained a degree Visual Set Design in 2003 at the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan aka “Accademia di Brera”.
In 2013, after years of experience in various artistic and creative fields, Otto (already a self-made illustrator, printmaker, and tattoo artist) decided to open his own private art studio in London: The White Elephant Studio. A space that offers to the public the opportunity to get a closer look at Otto’s artworks and the unique chance to finally contemplate what is the result of an incredibly creative and talented mind as well as the undeniable fine artistic skills of this artist.

Otto is currently among the most appreciated emerging artists on the present European scene: his artworks lead the spectator towards a surreal dimension and they are tangible proof of the variety of techniques and artistic skills that this artist masters with extreme ability. His pieces of art are the metaphysical representation of the modern world portraying a reality made of intangible elements. A reality in which each individual will be driven to undertake a journey through the lies of the physical world leading towards the secret meaning of life.

Otto’s artworks represent absolute concepts that offer us a timeless vision of the contemporary world.

The total absence of contextualisation of the subjects is one of the main features of Otto’s work: subjects would flow within an empty, static space and incredibly, the total absence of movement and dynamism is what confers them that mysterious, unworldly touch. Behind the detailed, fine, graphical realism which distinguishes Otto’s work from any other, hides a fascinating ability to find and recreate some unexpected relations between living beings, using the symbolic power of animals in order to build moral metaphors that would raise questions about the contradictions of modern society and human evolution combined.

Exhibition History

2013  Affordable Art Fair – Battersea, London (UK)
2014  Affordable Art Fair – Battersea, London (UK)
2014 Moniker Art Fair – Bricklane, London (UK)
2015 Moniker Art Fair – Bircklane, London (UK)
2015 Collective at Artpistols Gallery – Glasgow (UK)
2015 We Are Animal, Solo Show at Curious Duke Gallery – London (UK)
2016 SetUp Art Fair – Bologna, Italy
2016 Ecce Animal, Solo Show Fiumano Project Gallery – London (UK)
2016 Animalarium at Hoxton Hotel – Hoxton, London (UK)
2016 Start Fair at Saatchy Gallery with Fiumano Project Gallery – London (UK)
2016 London Art Fair with Fiumano Project Gallery – London (UK)
2016 Moniker Art Fair – Bricklane, London (UK)
2017 Affordable Art Fair – Milan (IT)
2017 Short Story of a Vegan Tiger, Solo Show at JF Kugel – Brussels (BEL)
2017 Collaboration for Levi’s 50th Anniversary – Trucker Jacket – Regent’s Street, London (UK)
2017 Lost Collection, Solo Show at Art Sablon – Brussels (BEL)
2017 Flip Side, Solo Show  at Burning Giraffe Gallery – Turin (IT)