Botte is a German Born artist from the Rhein-Pfalz City
Raised and living in New York City he was first influenced
by his Artist mother and Musician father, Friederika and
As a young man
he was instructed in Fine Art & Print Making by Staten Island
Artists Fran Romano and Naomi Lonergan. In the 1980's he
studied Fine Arts Painting & Sculpture at the Prestigious
School of Visual Arts.
studied under Painters John Perretti, Leigh Benke, Judith
Linhares and Sculptor Joel Perlman. Returning to SVA in
2001-2002 studying briefly with Painters James E. Van Patten,
Ellsworth Ausby and Artist Shirley Irons.
SVA in the mid 1980's Ken showed through out NYC where he
and his classmates, including Artists Jim
Jonke and Jim McKenny , were active in the Neo-Abstract-X
Movement. Ken went on to form "VVG" an online gallery and
"The Blue Collar Picasso Group" an underground traveling
gallery showing in NYC basements and boiler rooms.
credits life experience most as his inspiration today. SVA,
painting on the Berlin Wall, fronting for Punk Bands "XXY"
with Photographer Chris R.Ianacci and "SAW SAW" doing gigs
at NYC clubs like CBGB's and the Lismar Lounge, Writing and
performing urban comedy skits for producer Jim Jonke on SICTV's
variety show "The Blah Show." Making B horror films with horror
Cato and Anthony Amplo.
1986 Ken began working with Club Owner/ Designer Steve
Cattone and Musician Steve Augeri. Turning an old funeral
home, motorcycle garage and parking lot into the indoor/outdoor
performance area to "The
REDSPOT" dance club. Living above the club, Ken
helped construct Cattone's designs for Sculptures, Floor
Mosaics, Mobiles, Wall Murals and a fully working Bar made
of a real 1959 Cadillac.
The Redspot was
Ken's home, studio and fun-house. He dabbled in window display,
news paper ad art, sign painting, bar tending, now involved
operations and management for the past 15 years.
continues to create art ... Recently ken and his long time
life partner Karen created their greatest work of art, their
baby daughter Jaden.Ken's paintings incorporate acrylics,
oils, photo images, found objects and a multitude of mixed
media primarily on canvas.
and sometimes politically driven he allows himself a wide
range of experimentation in his search of personal and artistic
growth. We should all learn to live and simply let it be.
Love, Love, Love. He includes all names mentioned as a Thank
You to his friends and encourages you to visit their web