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Tomie Ohtake, Untitled 2008 Photo Courtesy of the Artist and Galeria Nara Roesler

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Tomie Ohtake, Untitled 1997 Photo Everton Ballardin © Galeria Nara Roesler

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Tomie Ohtake, Untitled 2013 Photo Courtesy of the Artist and Galeria Nara Roesler

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Tomie Ohtake

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

2016

Tomie Ohtake, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA

2015

Tomie Ohtake 100-101, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2014

Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013

Gesto e razão geométrica, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2012

Experimentos, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2011

Blind Paintings, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2008

Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil

2003

Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2001

Retrospective, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

1994

New Paintings, Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London

1988

Retrospective, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Recent group exhibitions

2015

The World is our Home. A Poem on Abstraction, Hong Kong, China

2013

FUSION: tracing Asian migration to the Americas through AMA’s Collection, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, USA

Correspondências, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2012

Mulheres, MAC-Niterói, Niterói, Brazil

Modernismo no Brasil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea of Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

2011

Destaque do Acervo, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

Modernismos no Brasil, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC/USP), São Paulo, Brazil

2009

Modernos de Sempre, Dan Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil

2008

Arte no Espaço e no Tempo, Museu Oscar Niemeyer (MON), Curitiba,

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

2007

Mulheres Artistas, Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC/USP), São Paulo, Brazil

2004

Gesto e Expressão: O Abstracionismo Informal, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo

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

2001

Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

Biennales

2003

23º Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (Sala Especial), São Paulo, Brazil

1998

XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil

1996

XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil

V Bienal Internacional de Cuenca (Sala Especial), Cuenca, Ecuador

1989

XX Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil

1984

I Bienal Latino-Americana (Sala Especial), Havana, Cuba

1981

III Bienal de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia

V Bienal de Arte de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia

1974

Bienal Internacional de Gravuras no Modern Art Museum of Kyoto and

Modern Art Museum of Tokyo, Japan

1972

XI Bienal de Veneza, exhibition Graffica d’Oggi, Venice, Italy

1970

II Bienal de Arte de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia

1966

I Bienal Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Salvador, Brazil

1961-67

VI a IX Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil

Selected public works

2013

Monumento ao trabalhador, Paço Municipal, Santo André, Brazil

2005

edifício Tomie Ohtake na Av, Faria Lima, São Paulo, Brazil

2004

Auditório do Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil

2003

Usiminas Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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