Jordan J. Ottrando is majoring in Fine Art & Accounting, on the Dean’s List, at the College of Staten Island where Jordan received from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars recognition for his Scholarship, Leadership, and Service presented in a certificate on February 12, 2016. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America based in Tallahassee, Fl. Jordan is a life-long Staten Islander, and, studies the Art of Hyperrealism under NYC-established and recognized hyperrealism artists Costa Vavagiakis and Marc Dennis, privately and at the NYC Art Students League. Jordan, recently, participated in a Staten Island Community Television show, Young Artists of Staten Island, in October 2016, as the featured artist with his mentor, Costa Vavagiakis and Gregory Perillo, Staten Island-based legendary American Western Artist.
Jordan has been an evolving artist over time from water colors, charcoal, graphite to oils. In early June 2010, Jordan participated in the Arts of I.S. 24 Spring Arts/Boost Exhibition. His work was in water colors, entitled, "Autumn Lake,” a landscape painting (of a Staten Island Park). His painting was featured on the events flyer; temporarily exhibited at a local Staten Island Bank in the town of Great Kills; and is permanently hanging in I.S. 24. The event was sponsored by CEI-PEA (Center for Educational Innovation--Public Education Association). Jordan received the Art Award given by the NYC Art Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers Award under Section 8 of the NYS Art Teachers Association.
Throughout the years, Jordan continued developing his portfolio, during high school, with a local art studio as well as participating in Student Art Shows, as far back as January 2012, which featured two of his original sketch works called "The Presidents," depicting head shots of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During the summer of 2013, Jordan participated in "Art in the Towns" presented by the South Shore Development Corp. which was an artwork that depicted the beautification of the railroad station in the Great Kills town. In addition, to oil on canvas, Jordan is highly experienced in charcoal and graphite, and, has a specialty in creating portraits of live models, celebrities, and those participating in the political world such as Morgan Freeman; Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"); Beyoncé, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Elvis Presley of whose graphite portrait he donated to a local charity for silent auction. He was asked, in early February 2017, to participate in a 4-day micro exhibit at HUB 17 73 Wave Street, SI NY (a Staten Island-based artist incubator), and, a few months later, from mid-May to June had his oil paintings hanging at Enoteca Maria 27 Hyatt Street SI NY, and, has a continuing exhibit at Da Noi NYC, from August 20, 2017 to the present time and, future exhibits scheduled at Portobello Cafe on Staten Island. Jordan aspires to become an established and respected hyperrealistic artist focusing on the medium of oil on canvas, charcoal, and graphite capturing the intense realism of his subject. He is available for private commissioned-work from serious inquiries only. Fees are based on size and complexity, and, can take up to two months to complete once the setting and pose has been determined. You may also inquire about Jordan’s insulated canvases that can help improve the acoustics of any restaurant dining room, lounge area, or home theater.