Japan - 1913
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 neighboring 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. She has had solo exhibitions at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo); Barbican Centre (London); Bass Museum of Art (Miami); Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo; MASP (São Paulo); Fundação Iberê Camargo (Porto Alegre); among other institutions. 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 Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo; MAM-RJ, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; MAC-USP, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo; MAC-Niterói, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Caracas; and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo.