The overwhelming beauty of the rain-forest and its depressing devastation, are the two main subjects of Brazilian painter Totonho. Born 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 became more versatile.
Totonho is self-taught artist. Still he is not a typical Brazilian naive painter. His subjects and technique are hardly traditional, and his paintings defy classification.
Throughout his career Totonho’s paintings have 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
American composer Robert Irving III was inspired by Totonho’s paintings writing Sketches of Brazil in 2009. Totonho was invited to participate at the Forum d’Avignon in France in 2011 and 2012. And the international Brazilian jazz-ensemble Who’s the Bossa? showed his paintings on stage in The Netherlands in 2016. Totonho resides and works in Brazil, Portugal and The Netherlands.