Artist & Designer. How I work and create these art pieces.

Besides being a Creative Director and Designer. I do Art.

While studying graphic design at the Münster School of Design, I started my professional career working as a freelance design student. I then worked as an interaction designer  in London and later in Hamburg, moved on as an Art Director and later as Creative Director. In 2008 I started my own studio, blackbeltmonkey. After joining Hi-ReS! London in 2011 and bringing them to Germany I moved on as a Executive Creative Director at an ad agency. Since 11/17 I am working as a freelance creative director, designer, film director, creative leader and artist.

> my commercial work: http://www.blackbeltmonkey.com

I believe in „Freiheit statt Freizeit“ (a quote by Joseph Beuys which is the fundament for the liquid working thesis). That is why I see my Agency work as one part of the story and my Art as the other part. Both are able to survive peaceful side by side. I draw together with a drawing bot called „polargraph“.

My work has been featured in various exhibitions and galleries in Germany.


transforming fragments of digital design, layouts and moodboards I created at work into analog art pieces.



Bauhaus University of Applied Sciences, Art and Design Münster. Münster School of Design. BFA with honors. Bachelor of Design (BDes).


11/2017 – now 
Blackbeltmonkey. Freelance Executive Creative Director – Working Worldwide across multiple Disciplines.

01/2014 – 11/2017
Executive Creative Director Digital – Philipp und Keuntje | PUK

09/2016 – now
Lecturer for Film and Digital Communication, Münster School of Design (FH Design Münster).

05/2011 – 12/2013
Executive Creative Director / MD – Hi-ReS!

01/2008 – 05/2011 
Founder & Creative Director – BlackBeltMonkey

Freelance Creative Director –
Mother London, North Kingdom, Neue Digitale, Sehsucht,
Jung von Matt, Scholz & Volkmer, Publicis, Syzygy, Hi-ReS!
(Germany, UK, Sweden)

01/2004 – 12/2007 
Creative Director – Interone Worldwide (BBDO).

04/2003 – 01/2004
Art Director – Elephant Seven (Springer & Jacoby).

01/2001 – 03/2003 
Senior Designer – Razorfish



Taschen, PAGE, IDN, WEAVE 
Web Design Flash Sites (Taschen Verlag)
Web Design E-Commerce (Taschen Verlag)
Web Design Games (Taschen Verlag)
Advertising Now Online (Taschen Verlag)
Hamburgs Kreative 2010
Selection Yearbook 2011
Page Various Introductions & features
Weave Various Introductions & features.


09/10.07.2015 The Extra Hour Cube by XH Collective & Markenfilm
Art Exhibition M:ke John Otto

28.09.2017 Bots and Cars Exhibition
Art and Photo Exhibition M:ke John Otto

01.09.2017 Tabula Rasa Gallery Oberfett Hamburg




My art is for sale. PM me for prices and exhibitions.

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motto (at) mikejohnotto.com