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Tomie Ohtake
Photograph of Tomie Ohtake holding in her hands the Brazilian Order of Cultural Merit.
Tomie Ohtake in 2006, when she was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.
BornNovember 21, 1913
DiedFebruary 12, 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 101)
NationalityJapanese Brazilian
EducationKeisuke Sugano (菅野圭介)
Known forPainting, drawing, printing, sculpture
StyleGeometric abstraction, lyrical abstraction
MovementAbstract art
Memorial(s)Tomie Ohtake Institute
Japanese name
Hiraganaおおたけ とみえ

Tomie Ohtake (大竹富江, Ōtake Tomie, née Nakakubo (中久保); November 21, 1913 – February 12, 2015) was a Japanese-Brazilian visual artist.[1] Her work includes paintings, prints and sculptures. She was one of the main representatives of informal abstractionism in Brazil.


Ohtake was born in 1913 in Kyoto. In 1936, when she was twenty-three years old, Ohtake traveled to Brazil to visit a brother but could not return to Japan due to the Pacific theatre of World War II occurring there.[2] Ohtake settled herself in São Paulo with her husband, her son Ruy being born there in 1938, and started painting in 1951, after a visit to the studio of the painter Keisuke Sugano.[3]

She had her first exhibition in 1957, in the Salão Nacional de Arte Moderna and in 1961 she participated in the São Paulo Biennale. In 1972 she participated in the Prints section of the Venice Biennale and in 1978 of the Tokyo Biennale. She created dozens of public space sculptures from the late eighties; her work has been featured in several cities in Brazil, but especially in the state of São Paulo.

In 1988 Ohtake was awarded the Order of Rio Branco by the public sculpture commemorating the 80th anniversary of Japanese immigration in São Paulo, and in 2006 she was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.

Tomie Ohtake was the mother of architects Ruy Ohtake and Ricardo Ohtake.[4]

She died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 101. She was cremated.[5]

Solo Exhibitions[6]

Date Exhibition Place
1957 Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo
1959 Galeria de Arte das Folhas, São Paulo
1961 Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo
1964 Galeria São Luís, São Paulo
1965 Galeria de Arte Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
1968 Galeria Cosme Velho, São Paulo
1969 Associação dos Amigos do Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo
1970 Galeria Aki, São Paulo
1971 Galeria Mainline, Brasília
1972 Galeria Cosme Velho, São Paulo
1974 Galeria de Arte Global, São Paulo
1976 Graffiti Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro
1979 Galeria Grifo, São Paulo
1983 Mônica Filgueiras Galeria de Arte, São Paulo; Galeria Tina Presser, Port Alegre; ACAP, Casa da Alfândega, Florianópolis; Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Curitiba; Gesto Gráfico, Belo Horizonte; Espaço Capital Arte Contemporânea, Brasília; Escritório de Arte da Bahia, Salvador; Artespaço, Recife; Galeria de Arte Ignez Fiuza, Fortaleza; Galeria GB, Rio de Janeiro
1983 Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo
1983 Caesar Park Hotel, Fortaleza; Salão Negro do Senado Federal, Brasília
1983 Tomie Ohtake: Retrospectiva Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo
1984 Paulo Figueiredo Galeria de Arte, Brasília
1985 Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo
1987 Galeria Thomas Cohn Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
1987 Mônica Filgueiras Galeria de Arte, São Paulo; Croqui Galeria de Arte, Campinas; Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto; Galeria GB, Rio de Janeiro; Espaço Capital Arte Contemporânea, Brasília; Pinacoteca Galeria de Arte, Goiânia; Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Curitiba; Escritório de Arte da Bahia, Salvador; Gesto Gráfico de Arte, Belo Horizonte; Casa da Alfândega, Florianópolis; Galeria Ignez Fiuza, Fortaleza; Caesar Park Hotel, Fortaleza; Galeria Tina Zappoli, Porto Alegre; Galeria Tina Presser, Porto Alegre; Artespaço Galeria de Arte, Recife
1991 Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo


See also


  1. ^ Martí, Silas (12 February 2015). "Tomie Ohtake, grande dama da arte nacional, morre aos 101 anos em SP" [Tomie Ohtake, grande dame of national art, dies aged 101 in São Paulo]. Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Tomie Ohtake". Pitoresco (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Ohtake, Tomie (1913)". Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural (in Portuguese). Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Morre a artista Tomie Ohtake, mãe dos arquitetos Ruy e Ricardo Ohtake | CAU/BR". Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  5. ^ Tomie Ohtake: Painter and sculptor who moved to Brazil, where she became noted for her public artworks
  6. ^ Ultrahaus. "Instituto Tomie Ohtake". Retrieved 2016-10-21.

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