Brazilian painter Totonho a person of nature by heart. Born in 1958 in the countryside of Bahia, he moved to its capital, Salvador in 1972. There he refined his skills and started his artistic career. In the eighties he was one of the founders of the Association of Popular Artists of the Historic Center of Salvador.
Being a self-taught artist, Totonho is much more than a typical Brazilian naive painter. His technique and subjects are hardly traditional, and his paintings defy classification. His work reflects his strong love and sensibility for the environment, and shows both the beauty and the depressing devastation of the rainforest.
Totonho’s paintings inspired American composer Robert Irving III to write Sketches of Brazil, an orchestral homage to Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Totonho was a special guest at the premiere in Millennium Park, Chicago, August 13, 2009.
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.
Over the years Totonho’s work has been shown at solo and group exhibitions in Portugal, France, Spain, Great-Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, the US and Brazil.