Karl Otto Götz

German artist (1914-2017)

1914   -   2017

movement: surrealism
genre: abstract art, Informalism
country of citizenship: German Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, West Germany, Germany
languages spoken, written or signed: German
educated at: Dresden Academy of Fine Arts
occupation: painter, university teacher, photographer, graphic artist
award received: Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia, Order of Merit of Rhineland-Palatinate, Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Golden Ring of Honour of the city Aachen

Karl Otto Götz (22 February 1914 – 19 August 2017) often simply called K.O. Götz, was a German artist, filmmaker, draughtsman, printmaker, writer and professor of art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He was one of the oldest living and active artists older than 100 years of age and is best remembered for his explosive and complex abstract forms. His powerful, surrealist-inspired works earned him international recognition in exhibitions like documenta II in 1959. Götz never confined himself to one specific style or artistic field. He also explored generated abstract forms through television art. Götz is one of the most important members of the German Art Informel movement. His works and teachings influenced future artists such as Sigmar Polke, Nam June Paik and Gerhard Richter. He lived in Wolfenacker from 1975 until his death.
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