Rudy Rotter (1913-2001)

Rudy Rotter was a self-taught artist raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rudy worked as a dentist in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, retiring in 1987 and moved his art production into a large studio which also became his self-created museum. Rudy created over 15,000 pieces of art, sculptures and drawings, which he housed in this rented warehouse. Rudy’s work is in the collections of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the American Visionary Art Museum, and many private collections. The work in this exhibition is part of the personal collection of Christine Style. Tony Rajer, an art conservator also featured in the exhibition, published a book on Rotter in 1998, dubbed Rudy, “the most prolific artist in Wisconsin history.” His estate is represented by Portrait Society Gallery. Visit Rudy's website.

Back to Journals & Journeys