Google Doodle celebrates Japanese Brazilian artist Tommy Ohtake’s 110th birthday. Here’s what you should know

Google Doodle is celebrating the 110th birthday of Japanese-Brazilian artist Tommy Ohtake whose life signifies the message that it’s never too late to find your passion in life and excel at it. 

Early Life: 

Ohtake was born in Japan’s Kyoto in the year 1913 and only started her painting career at the age of 40 but her work continues to stand the test of time. A 23 year Kyoto visited her brother in Brazil in 1936 but with Japan getting involved in the global conflict, she was not able to come back to the country of her birth for a long time and she settled down with her family in Brazil.

However, a visit to a Japanese artist studio almost 15 years later inspired her to try her hand at painting and the first art exhibition by Ohtake was held at Salão Nacional de Arte Moderna in 1957. 

What made Ohtake special? 

In contrast to most of the artists in her time who tried to take a rigid approach and be more precise, Ohtake cast an ‘imperfect geometry’ on the canvas with her vibrant undefined shapes. The Journey that started in 1957 then saw Ohtake hold many solo exhibitions and earn various awards from Brazilian Art Salons over the next decade. 

Later on, Ohtake took an interest in developing public art and ended up developing large scale installations for many Brazilian and Japanese cities like Guarulhos, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. One of Ohtake most iconic pieces are the series of murals depicting Sao Paulo’s metro Consolacao stop and a towering wave-shaped sculpture in honor of Japanese people that immigrated to Brazil.

Ohtake went to create awards for for Formula 1 race and a film festival. She also drew book illustrations and even went on to design a film set, always maintaining a keen focus on artistic experimentation. 

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Updated: 21 Nov 2023, 06:44 AM IST

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