Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

Otto (Banz) Botto

 (1903 - 1968)
Otto (Banz) Botto was active/lived in New York, New Jersey / Switzerland.  Otto Botto is known for marine, portrait and landscape painting.

Otto (Banz) Botto

Biography from the Archives of askART

Biography photo for Otto (Banz) Botto
In the mid 1960s' Otto Botto also, painted under the name of Loret in order to supplement his income. Those were very difficult financial times for many artists. Personnel of The Artist's Showroom at 1 67 East 33rd Street in New York City purchased many of his works outright so he could continue buying art materials and had money for food.

It 's very difficult for an artist to divert from his style or change his brush strokes. Therefore Botto/Loret are one in the same.

Written and submitted by Manny Cerra

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art
Born in Ragaz, Switzerland, Otto Botto studied throughout Europe. He was represented and sponsored by Contemporary Arts since 1936.

An exhibition catalog, "Otto Botto" at Atelier Gallery of Contemporary Art in New York City in the 1960's

Otto Botto, a native of Ragaz Switzerland, studied in Paris, Lucerne and Munich. He came to the United States in 1922 and quickly achieved recognition in the American art world. His paintings have been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Carnegie Institute. He has taught at the Brooklyn Museum and is represented in many private collections.

Source: biography provided by Dorothy Paris, who was brokering his paintings for Botto's widow after his death in 1967

Exhibitions :
One-man shows: Gallery Secession in Paris 1934; Contemporary Arts 1937; Egan Gallery 1946; Tamiment Gallery 1956; New Gallery 1951; Woman's City Club 1958; Atelier Gallery 1968.

Purchase Prize at Riverside Museum in 1963; Prize at Jersey City Museum in1967.

Art Institute of Chicago; Norfolk Museum; Evansville Museum; Riverside Museum; Ragaz Museum in Switzerland.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor; World's Fair in 1939 (mural); World's Fair 1964.

Instructor Brooklyn Museum Art School; Instructor Country Art School in Westbury, Long Island; Charter Member of Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors.

Swiss Government to paint mural at New York World's Fair in 1939.

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at

Share an image of the Artist

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Otto (Banz) Botto

Born:  1903 - Ragaz, Switzerland
Died:   1968 - North Bergen, New Jersey
Known for:  marine, portrait and landscape painting

Essays referring to
Otto (Banz) Botto

Most Unusual Names