Alex Gonzalez, known artistically as Otiswoods, is a 23 year old artist from Los Angeles that is driven by his passion for art. Influenced by his endless hours of cartoons (Saturday morning cartoons anyone!?) comes his beautiful abstract art. His passion and skill has lead him to being the latest entry in our Artist Watchlist series.
Otiswoods has some amazing work. In fact, even after I asked him to send me some pieces for this feature, I had a hard time deciding which ones to leave out of the article. Let’s take a look at some of his work;
You can only imagine how much harder it is for me to say my favorite piece, but I’m learning towards the tongue tied abstract piece. The colors pop and the piece speaks to me as we all have so much to say at the tip of our tongues.
I asked Otiswoods how he got in to art and here is what he told me;
As a child I never thought art would be something I’d pursue as a career. As child I knew it would be something for me that when it came to every Saturday morning, I’d wake up and watch Garfield (the cat) and attempt to draw him. I’ll tell you this – it was difficult at first, but rather fun and so I built my practice that way. But mainly because my older brother, Luis Mateo, who happens to be an artist to this day, encouraged me. So a big thanks to him!Otiswoods
Proof that art influences others to create art! Otiswoods also told me that he still gets inspiration from his family and friends in addition to other artists like Eyeformation, Craola, Nychos, Disney, and Hayao Miyazaki.
Wrapping things up Otiswoods asked me to share his words of wisdom with the next generation of artists;
Our imagination is infinite and there is no right or wrong way, as long as you do it your way. STAY GOLDEN & STAY FREE!Otiswoods
I know this is just the first of many features for Otiswoods, and I hope to one day hang a piece of his on my walls! If you’re interested in seeing more of Otiswoods’ work head over to his Instagram.
What do you think about Otiswoods’ work? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!
Artist Watchlist is a series in which we profile the work of young, aspiring artists in various fields. In other words these are artists you need to watch!