Interview with Street Artist Otto Schade

Visiting London this year my mission was clear: to find some street art in the city. Looking for it I came across the Amy Street Art Trail which was initiated by the Jewish Museum. Within the trail several artists showed their picture of Amy Winehouse. One of them caught my attention in particular: the Chilean artist Otto Schade – Osch. So, I was very happy when he agreed to answer me some questions. 

Amy Winehouse Street Art Portrait

Portrait of Amy Winehouse , by Otto Schade, Ribbon Style, London


About Otto Schade

Although his name sounds quite German, Otto Schade has no obvious roots in Germany. He was born 1971 in Chile where he grew up and stayed until he finished university with a degree in architecture. Before he came to London, he had been living in Berlin for two years. Since 2006 he is living in Shoreditch in East London where many of his works can be found.

In his street art, which is influenced by abstract art and surrealism, he uses mainly two styles: the orb style as his anti-war theme and a style he calls the „ribbon style“. The ribbon style is his trade mark and proves all the knowledge he gained from his architectual background. He makes sketches before he goes out to the streets. His tag is „Osch“. For spraying it he uses a template. He has been part of several street art festivals and his art is exhibited all over the globe, for example in the US, Kenya, Japan, China and all over Europa.


Interview with Otto Schade

Chilean Steet Artist Otto Schade, Copyright: Blundell Street StudiosChilean Steet Artist Otto Schade, Foto by Blundell Street Studios


How comes you became part of the Amy Street Art Trail? What is your connection to Amy Winehouse?

I was contacted to be part of it. I really like some of Amy’s songs. She was an East Londoner, so I feel in part represented by her after living in East London for 11 years already.


For how long have you been a street artist?

Eight years.


Why did you choose street art as a form of art?

Once I lost my job as an architect for the crisis in 2009, I met a Chilean street artist friend who suggested me to go to paint on the streets as he thought my work was good enough and at the same time I was living in Shoreditch where there is loads of street art.

I also tried to show my work in some galleries in London between 2006 and 2009, but it was not easy as most of the galleries hire the spaces.


What is special about London’s street art?

Maybe because London is one of the most important capitals in Europe (till Brexit), so loads of street artists come from abroad to paint here in East London. Also the police officers here are a lot more open-minded than in some other countries. If they catch you doing proper art then they don’t bother you. All depends, to be honest.


How do you feel about your pieces of street art being painted over or destroyed otherwise?

To be honest, you can say that the fact that street art is always changing, I understand it, but sometimes really amazing street art pieces have being painted over and covered by not better (worse) ones. I think, there are still problems and I think every council should get involved to coordinate to keep the good quality pieces longer or just spend the time to find new spots to improve the city within the years on relation to the art on the city. California is one of the cities that lately have been trying to protect the good pieces done in the city, to me that makes sense.


How is the street art community in London?

The street art community in London is a bit apathetic. I haven’t painted many collaboration pieces, just with a few artists.

I didn’t join any group at the beginning to be honest. I got some problems with artists because of some spots I painted when I started, so I decided to find my own spots. I don’t want problems with any other artist about that.

I got good street artist friends here in UK and abroad.


How do you chose the places where you put you street art?

As I got an architect background I normally choose the spots that got good footprint, or at the end of a street maybe there is a nice spot looking at me, tempting me to paint it.

It’s a first dialogue between the wall and the artist. The seduction from the spot, inviting you to paint it.

In case of illegal spots it’s a matter to check if there are some CCTV cameras.


Street Art: Orb Style

ET with a gun - Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

ET’s got a gun – street art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Don Quijote riding away from a Nuclear Power Station - Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Don Quijote riding away from a Nuclear Power Station – Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Girl with Balloons - Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Girl with Balloons – Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Girl picking special Flowers - Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Girl picking special Flowers – Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Bird Scarer with Fan Group - Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London

Bird Scarer with Fan Group – Street Art, orb style, by Otto Schade, London


Street Art: Ribbon Style

"Tiger Threat" Blackpool (Sand, Sea and Spray 2016), Street Art by Otto Schade, Ribbon Style

„Tiger Threat“ Blackpool (Sand, Sea and Spray 2016)

"The Link", Brixton, London, 2015, Street Art by Otto Schade, Ribbon Style

„The Link“, Brixton, London, 2015

Hand Holding Warning Sign, Street Art by Otto Schade, London, Ribbon Style

Hand Holding Warning Sign

Aquarium, Street Art by Otto Schade, London, Ribbon Style

Aquarium, London

Rhino and Woman, Street Art by Otto Schade, London, Ribbon Style

Rhino and Woman, London

MEHR Streetart

Ein weiteres Interview mit Otto Schade findest du übrigens bei Simone von Totally London in ihrer Reihe „Meet the Londoner“.

In Valencia habe ich ebenfalls einen Streetart-Künstler getroffen. Diesmal einen Bildhauer. Wie er über die spanische Streetart-Szene denkt, liest du im Interview with Rodrigo Romero Pérez.

Mehr über Streetart erzähle ich die in den Artikel „Endlich London: auf der Suche nach Streetart„, „Streetart Valencia: bunt. laut, mittendrin“ und „Streetart in Heidelberg: das Metropolink-Festival„.

6 Kommentare zu “Interview with Street Artist Otto Schade

  1. Pingback: Meet the Londoner: der Künstler Otto Schade im Interview | totally-london.net

  2. pmbvw

    Hallo Claudia,
    auch wenn dein Artikel schon fast zwei Jahre alt ist, habe ich ihn zusammen mit dem Heidelberg-Artikel jetzt erst gefunden.
    Ich bin auch ein absoluter Fan von Otto Schade.(OSch) Leider ist er mir im Gegensatz zu Dir noch nicht leibhaftig erschienen 🙂

    Es war interessant, Dein Interview mit OSch zu lesen.

    Zufällig habe ich z.B. drei Werke in Brixton Village an einem Platz gefunden. Kaum war ich fertig mit den Aufnahmen und schon wurde der Laden geöffnet und John Lennon und David Bowie waren im Rolladenkasten verschwunden :-))) Ich habe mich dann noch ausführlich mit dem Ladenbesitzer, einem guten Freund von Otto Schade, unterhalten.

    Beste Grüße

    1. Claudia Autor des Beitrags

      Hallo Peter,

      vielen Dank. Leider hab ich Osch nicht persönlich getroffen, sondern hatte ihm die Fragen per Mail geschickt. Ich find’s einfach total spannend, zu erfahren, warum Leute Streetart machen und was genau das für sie überhaupt ist. Wenn mir der Stil eines Künstlers gefällt, schau ich manchmal, ob ich mit ihm in Kontakt kommen kann. Und Otto Schades zwei Stile fand ich eben total gut und besonders.
      Danke auch für den Link. Einige Bilder kannte ich tatsächlich noch nicht. Osch kannst du übrigens gut auf Facebook folgen. Der postet da viel.

      Herzliche Grüße gerade aus Kolumbien

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