Totonho, Brazilian painter

Totonho, Brazilian painter. Photo by Natan Fox

Totonho – photo: Natan Fox

Brazilian painter Totonho a person of nature by heart. His work reflects his strong love and sensibility for the environment.
Totonho was born in 1958 in the countryside of Bahia, Brazil. When he was 14 years old he moved to its capital, Salvador, where he refined his skill. He started his artistic career participating in various group exhibitions.

Totonho is a self-taught artist whose meticulous paintings show both the beauty of the rain forests and the depressing devastation of the planet. His technique and subjects are hardly traditional and his work defies classification. There lies the essence of his success, which includes exhibitions many countries like Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Great-Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada and the US.

Totonho’s work inspired American composer Robert Irving III to write Sketches of Brazilan orchestral homage to Miles Davis and Gil EvansTotonho was a special guest at the premiere in Millennium Park, Chicago August 13, 2009. In 2011 and 2012 Totonho was invited by the Forum d’Avignon to participate at its international meetings of culture, the economy and the media at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. Totonho lives and works in between Brazil, Portugal and The Netherlands