The overwhelming beauty of the rain-forest and its depressing devastation, are the two main subjects of the work by Brazilian painter Totonho. Born in 1958 in the countryside of the state of Bahia, Totonho is a person of nature by heart.
Totonho started to paint at a very early age. After he moved to Bahia’s capital Salvador in 1972, he refined his skills and started his artistic career. Over the years his work evolved and became more versatile.
Being a self-taught artist, Totonho is much more than a typical Brazilian naive painter. His subjects and technique are hardly traditional, and his paintings defy classification.
Throughout his career Totonho’s work has been shown at many solo and group exhibitions in Portugal, France, Spain, Great-Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, the US and Brazil.
Sketches of Brazil
In 2009 Totonho’s paintings inspired American composer Robert Irving III to write Sketches of Brazil, an orchestral homage to Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In 2011 and 2012 Totonho participated at the Forum d’Avignon, an international meeting of culture, creative industries, economy and media in the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. Currently Totonho resides and works in Brazil, Portugal and The Netherlands.