Model in Blue by Otto Neals, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 23 x 12 inches
“I wanted to show the beauty and grace of the African woman.”
Otto Neals is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker born in 1931 in Lake City, South Carolina. After moving to Brooklyn at the age of 4, Neals became a self-taught artist and studied printmaking at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In addition to painting in oils, watercolors, pastels, and printmaking, he is proficient in wood and stone carving. His art is in public and private collections including the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina and the National Museum of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, and with high profile private collectors such as entertainer Harry Belafonte and Oprah Winfrey.