Tomie Ohtake

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Tomie Ohtake
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Ohtake in 2006, when she was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.
Tomie Nakakubo

November 21, 1913
Kyoto, Japan
DiedFebruary 12, 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 101)
São Paulo, Brazil
EducationKeisuke Sugano (菅野圭介)
Known forPainting, drawing, printing, sculpture
Style Geometric abstraction, lyrical abstraction
Movement Abstract art
Ushio Ohtake
(m. 1936;died 1977)
Memorial(s)Tomie Ohtake Institute
Japanese name
Kanji 大竹富江
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]

1957 Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo
1959Galeria de Arte das Folhas, São Paulo
1961 Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo
1964Galeria São Luís, São Paulo
1965Galeria de Arte Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
1968Galeria Cosme Velho, São Paulo
1969Associação dos Amigos do Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo
1970Galeria Aki, São Paulo
1971Galeria Mainline, Brasília
1972Galeria Cosme Velho, São Paulo
1974Galeria de Arte Global, São Paulo
1976Graffiti Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro
1979Galeria Grifo, São Paulo
1983Mônica 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
1983Caesar Park Hotel, Fortaleza; Salão Negro do Senado Federal, Brasília
1983Tomie Ohtake: Retrospectiva Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo
1984Paulo Figueiredo Galeria de Arte, Brasília
1985Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo
1987Galeria Thomas Cohn Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro
1987Mônica 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
1991Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo

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