Otto Piene was a German painter. Otto Piene was born in Bad Laasphe, Province of Westfalia in the year 1928. Piene was renown for using technology, fire, and kinetic energy in his artwork.
Piene attended the Academy of Art located in Dusseldorf, Germany. He also attended the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.
The artist held several collegiate teaching positions over his lengthy career. Piene was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and M.I.T. (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, gouache, and prints. Prices range from $25,000 to $750,000.
In this clip a brief documentary featuring some works by the artist:
Otto Piene passed away in 2014. The artist was 86 years of age.
Works by Otto Piene can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Museum of Modern Art located in Tokyo, Japan, and the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Otto Piene was a wonderful pioneer in using different methods, such as the use of fire, in his artwork. The artist had a great use of organic shapes. My favorite works are those that look like trees. Not only has he captured the organic shape of the tree, he has also done a great job at capturing the movement of the leaves, on some occasions using fire to do so.