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Totonho

'He was born in the countryside in northeastern Brazil with an immense love for nature. The overwhelming beauty and the depressing devastation of the rain-forest, are essential subjects in his work.'

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Meet Totonho

Totonho

His meticulous work shows both the beauty of the jungle and the devastation of the planet. With his unique colors and extraordinary reflections, he captures the mysterious Brazilian nature in an inimitable way.

Totonho Foto Natan Fox Hr

The overwhelming beauty of the rain-forest and its depressing devastation, are the main subjects of Brazilian painter Totonho. Born in the countryside of the state of Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, he is a person of nature by heart.

Totonho is a self-taught artist. He starts to paint at a very early age, using soil, plants and coffee to make paint. About fourteen years old, he moves from the countryside to Bahia’s capital Salvador, a huge city with a rich culture. Here he refines his skills and meets other artists. In the eighties he is one of the founders of the Associação dos Artistas Populares do Centro Histórico de Salvador.

Totonho's paintings reflect his strong love and sensibility for the environment. His meticulous work show both the beauty of the jungle and the devastation of the planet. 

With his unique colors and extraordinary reflections, he captures the mysterious Brazilian nature in an inimitable way. There lies the essence of his worldwide success, with expositions in Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada and the USA.

His paintings inspired American composer Robert Irving III to write Sketches of Brazil. Totonho was present at the world premiere in Millennium Park, Chicago in August 2009. He was invited to attend the Forum d'Avignon (2011 and 2012), an international cultural think tank in France. Totonho resides and works in Brazil, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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