New York City
Upon his release from
the Ohio State Penitentiary, Otto came to New York City because he felt
that that was where an artist should be. He heard about Greenwich Village
as the place where one could find a gathering of all artists. He wanted
to be amoung them. He began doing portraits on the street in the early
sixties on Sixth Avenue and 4th St, acquiring some fame for his incredible
drawing and painting ability and some notoriety for his "tough guy"
attitude. Otto was also popular with the ladies. Young women liked him
because he was always the gentleman. Even while being quite a "Casanova",
Otto made women and girls feel wanted and important. He was a good listener.