Otto Rapp was born in Felixdorf in Lower Austria in 1944 and works in transport and insurance. After his military service with the Austrian Air Force, he traveled through Europe, moved to Stockholm in Sweden in 1965 and lives there until 1968. The young talent is encouraged by an art dealer in Gamla Stan to continue the painting seriously.
He is first self-taught and studied painting in various galleries and museums. The fantastic realists, Ernst Fuchs, Arik Brauer and Rudolf Hausner at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna impress Otto Rapp very much and henceforth exert great influence on the young painter.
Quietly Otto Rapp travels further to West Canada and finally settles down in Lethbridge / Alberta. This is where the majority of its main activities are created under the patronage of a small gallery. But to earn his livelihood for himself and his family, Otto takes a job at the "Canadian Pacific Railway", which he is doing for 9 years. In 1977, he announced his job and began his studies of "Bachelor of Fine Arts" at the University of Lethbridge, which he completed in 1982 with "magna cum laude".
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