Born in Kyoto in 1913, Tomie Ohtake moved to Brazil in 1936. Her career as an artist began at the age of 37, when she became a member of the Seibi group, which brought together artists of Japanese descent. In 1957, invited by critic Mário Pedrosa, she presented her first solo exhibition at the Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo, which was followed four years later by her participation in the São Paulo Biennial in 1961.
Initially a painter, Ohtake began to experiment with various printmaking methods during the 1970s and, beginning in the late 1980s, undertook large-scale sculptural projects and public works in São Paulo and neighbouring cities. She featured in several biennials, including the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2003); XI Venice Biennale, Italy (1972); 1st and 2nd editions of the Latin American Biennial in Havana, Cuba (1984, 1986); the 5th edition of the Cuenca Biennial (1996); among others.
Her works are included in the collections of Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo; MAM-SP, Museu de Arte Moder-na de São Paulo, São Paulo; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collec-tion, Caracas; and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, among others.
Recent solo exhibitions
Recent group exhibitions
Correspondências, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
Modernismo no Brasil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea of Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Modernismos no Brasil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC/USP), São Paulo, Brazil
Panorama dos Panoramas, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil
Nippon – 100 anos de integração Brasil – Japão, Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arte Brasil – Japão, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC/USP), São Paulo, Brazil
Tomie Ohtake na Trama Espiritual da Arte Brasileira, Exposição Comemorativa dos 90 anos da Artista, Museu Oscar Niemeyer Curitiba, Paraná e Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
V Bienal Internacional de Cuenca (Sala Especial), Cuenca, Ecuador
V Bienal de Arte de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia
Modern Art Museum of Tokyo, Japan