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, Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park (curated by Chelsea Spengemann) and CANADA in New York and at Cave in Detroit (in collaboration with Miles Huston). Profiles of the artist have appeared in ARTnews, The New Yorker, The New York Times, 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. BLACK CHEROKEE, a twenty-two minute documentary directed by Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen, was released in 2012.