Otto Rogers

About the Artist

Otto Rogers was born on a farm near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan in 1935.  His first exposure to the visual arts came at age 17, when he attended the Saskatchewan Teachers College for a year. He studied under Wynona Mulcaster, herself a gifted artist, who encouraged him to develop his artistic abilities.

Rogers obtained a Bachelor's degree in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin (1958), and a Master of Arts with a major in  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (  and a minor in sculpting (1959). It was at this time that he began working with  acrylicSynthetic paints, with pigments dispersed in a synthetic vehicle made from polymerized acrylic acid esters, the most important of which is polymethyl methacrylate. First used by artists in the late 1940s, their use has come to rival that of oil paints because of their versatility. They can be used on nearly any surface, in transparent washes or heavy impasto, with matte, semi-gloss, or glossy finishes. Acrylic paints dry quickly, do not yellow, are easily removed with mineral spirits or turpentine, and can clean up with soap and water.(  paint, and the  landscapeA painting, photograph or other work of art which depicts scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests. There is invariably some sky in the scene. ( Landscape is also a term that may also refer simply to a horizontally-oriented rectangle, just as a vertically-oriented one may be said to be oriented the portrait way. (   motifRepeated unit to create visual rhythm.  began to dominate his work. “Landscape found me,” Rogers would later say.  He began teaching with the University of Saskatchewan in 1959, and remained on the faculty in the Department of Art for 29 years.

In 1960 Rogers entered the Baha’i faith, serving on several local, regional and national assemblies. When he left the University of Saskatchewan in 1988, he moved to Haifa, Israel, where he taught at the Baha’i International Teaching Centre for the next decade. He returned to Canada in 1998 and settled in Milford, Ontario.  “It’s our own limited vision that tends to say there’s a spiritual world and a physical world.” - Otto Rogers, in a 1982 interview.  (Moppett, 1982)


Influence of Bahai Faith
Painting Over 50 Years
Pink Sky
Spiral Relationships
Teaching Part 1
Teaching Part 2
Teaching Part 3
Teaching Part 4
The Four Ways to Knowledge
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