Otis Houston Jr., Mother Sadie, 2018, Mixed media, found and altered objects, 27 x 16 x 28 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Performance, 2014, Marker and tape on found board, 46 x 26 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Thangofmajig, 2018, Mixed media found and altered objects), 26.75 x 38 x 14.5 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Peace, 2018, Marker on found object, 80 x 27.75 x 1.25 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Miss Thing (side b), 2018, Marker on found board, 24 x 36 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Advertisements, 2008-2018, Marker, rope, tape, and collage on on found boards; laundry bag, 41 x 31 x 3.5 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Man,  (view a), 2018, Mixed media found and altered objects), 68 x 15 x 15 inches

Otis Houston Jr., What You See it What You Get, 2018, Marker on found painting, 15 x 20 inches

Otis Houston Jr., STOP (side b install), 2018, Marker, oil paint, and spray paint on found framed print, 17 x 21 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Thinker, 2018, Marker on found painting, 20 x 28 inches

Otis Houston Jr., A Happy Death, (view a), 2018, Mixed media, found and altered objects, 41.25 x 17.5 x 15.25 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Mind, (side a), 2018, Marker, pen, and colored pencil on paper, tape, spray paint, and marker on found board, 18 x 12 inches

Otis Houston Jr. (born 1954, Greenville, SC) lives and works in East Harlem, New York. Houston Jr. is a self-taught artist who began making art after taking an art class while incarcerated. Since 1997, he has maintained an ongoing presence under the Triborough Bridge on the FDR Drive where he presents impromptu performances and a site-specific installation of signage and sculptures.


Houston has exhibited his work at Gordon Robichaux, apexart (organized by Sam Gordon), Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park (curated by Chelsea Spengemann), and CANADA in New York; Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Parker Gallery in Los Angeles; F in Houston (organized by Adam Marnie); Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco (organized by Bob Linder); and Cave in Detroit (in collaboration with Miles Huston). Profiles of the artist have appeared in Hauser & Wirth’s Ursula magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Gradient, and Contemporary Art Daily.


Images and videos of his work taken by daily commuters and passersby populate numerous blogs and YouTube. Houston's album of original songs, America, was released in 2006 on iTunes and as a vinyl record in 2020 published by musician and artist Dean Spunt’s Post-Present Medium label. BLACK CHEROKEE, a 22-minute documentary about Houston Jr., directed by Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen, was released in 2012.

Otis Houston Jr., The Enemy, (side a), 2018, Marker on found painting, 15 x 20 inches

Otis Houston Jr., STOP (side a),  2018, Marker, oil paint, and spray paint on found framed print, 17 x 21 inches

Otis Houston Jr., The Chief, 2018, Marker and tape on found framed print, 28 x 20 inches

Otis Houston Jr., 2018, Performance Documentation 

Otis Houston Jr., Workers Come Together, 2018, Marker on canvas, 24 x 36 inches


Otis Houston Jr., Miss Thing (side a), 2018, Marker on found board, 24 x 36 inches

Otis Houston Jr., Ogilvy, 2018, Marker on found board, 39.75 x 29.75 inches