artlabmannheim F 2, 4a D-68159 MANNHEIM Tel.: +49 172 631 5454 artlabmannheim @ gmail.comOtgonbayar Ershuu
was born 18th January 1981 in Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia. His great talent
for drawing and painting was recognized early and by the age of 15 he
had his first solo exhibition. From 1998 to 2001 OTGO studied in
Utaanbaatar traditional Mongolian painting. After graduation, he
participated as a painter and restorer on several research trips to
historical sites in Mongolia. In the Buddhist-Lamaist monasteries he
studied different techniques, the iconography of the miniature painting
as well as their spiritual backgrounds.
2005 he lives and works in Berlin. 2007-2010 he studied at the
Institute for Art in Context, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts
in Berlin and graduated in 2010 as Master of Arts. His international exhibitions
began in 2001.
OTGO’S first major group of works are the Thangkas
i.e. Miniature paintings whose contents are derived from the gods
worlds of Shamanism, Buddhism and Tengriasm, which applies the artist
without a sketch directly onto a specially primed canvas. The primer of
screens consists of a mixture of carbon black, chalk and milk vodka or
brandy. Pigments from minerals or plants are added. Finally, the
mixture is bound with glue from Yakskin and applied to both sides of
the canvas. Using the special technique developed by OTGO and the state
of highest concentration caused about 600 Thangkas. Striking is the
mostly eroticized representation of the subjects. A guiding principle
of the Mongolian belief is to achieve the “All - unit” by overcoming
all of the real world phenomenon.
A second working group consists of approximately 600 pages of comic-like illustrations
of the “Secret History of the Mongols
which was written about 800 years ago. It is the oldest and most
important literary works of the Mongols, myth, epic and history at the
same time. With its miniature illustrations OTGO wanted to do this
important work easier to read for all ages of its culture.
“Even as a child I dreamed of colorful, flowers and romping people of lightness and lightheartedness of paradise.
His third and most recent group of works, starting with the large-scale painting “HUN
” (2010-2012), we could entitle as “Paradise Paintings
“HUN” is an all-over painting of approximately 12000 people and animals
interwoven and designed to a condensed panorama-like, vibrant
microcosm. Humans and animals are drawn as miniaturelike, individually
elements, merge in the picture, however, in a colorful
motion-suggestive overall composition similar to a mirror image of the
oriented harmony Mongolian culture.
presented in Mannheim are showing flying, floating, running humans and
animals, isolated and compacted to groups involved in a cosmos of
coloristically concise scene set in natural elements. Everything is in
motion, change, transformation. OTGOS paintings based on a picturesque
expressive language give us an idea of the harmony between man and
nature by civilization partially untouched spaces and a feeling of
areas of an earthly paradise, which is in some ways consistent with our
Western idea of a total harmony or ‘Ganzheit’ of the world.
(Text in German