Born in Germany, Otto Planding came to Toronto, Ont. in 1913.

A landscape, coastal, still life and figurative painter, who worked in oils to support himself.

Although he lived humbly in Toronto, he is recognized for his rural farm landscapes, especially in winter. Many of his paintings capture what was then countryside just north of Toronto. He also painted in the Georgian Bay area together with logging and Laurentian villages scenes. He died intestate at the age of 77, in a rented room, his estate being $52 in cash plus three recently completed unsold paintings - but what a legacy of fine art he created in his paintings, which have now become highly collectable.