Otto Berchem was born 1967 in Milford, Connecticut. He lives and works in Bogotá.
Otto Berchem’s work explores how we live and how we communicate our lives with one another. His practice focuses on the relations between language, architecture, history and poetry and consists of paintings, drawings, sculpture and video.
The foundation of his most recent work is a chromatic alphabet of his own creation. The alphabet is inspired by the writings of Jorge Adoum and Vladimir Nabokov, Peter Saville’s designs for the first three New Order albums, and the condition of Synaesthesia. Through the use of this alphabet he proposes a series of texts underlying each painting.
His recent work has been shown in Clip-clapper (solo), (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali 2015; Sucursal 32 – La Ene en MALBA, MALBA, Buenos Aires 2014; Le futur commence ici, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais 2013; Les Pléiades, Abattoirs – FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse 2013; Revolver (solo), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam; Fuera de sitio, ArtLima, Lima; Stem Terug, De Appel, Amsterdam 2012; État de veille, Jousse Entreprise, Paris 2012; Blue Monday (solo), La Central, Bogotá 2011; You Are Not Alone, Fundació Miró, Barcelona, 2011; Out of Storage, Timmerfabriek, Maastricht 2011.