Tomoo Handa

Utsunomiya, Japan, 1906 - Atibaia, SP, 1996

Painter and teacher. He arrived with his family in Porto Martins, in the interior of São Paulo, in 1917. He went to the Santo Antônio farm, near Botucatu, to work in the coffee plantation. In 1921, he moved to the capital, where he began his artistic training at the Escola Profissional Masculina do Brás, between 1927 and 1929. He studied at the São Paulo School of Fine Arts from 1932 to 1935, where he received guidance from Lopes de Leão. with other artists, in 1935, the Seibi Group (Seibi-Kai), which aims to share experiences and stimulate artistic debates, in weekly meetings between Japanese-Brazilian painters. In 1936, he held his first individual show at the Nippon Club, and in that same year he won recognition outside his community, receiving honorable mention at the Salão Paulista de Belas-Artes. He also participates in other important groups in the Japanese colony, such as Grupo Jacaré or dos 15, between 1948 and 1949, and Grupo Guanabara, from 1950 to 1959. He integrates the five collective exhibitions held by Grupo Guanabara, at Galeria Domus, in São Paulo (1950, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1959). He participates in the 1st São Paulo International Biennial, in 1951, the 1st Salon of Modern Art in São Paulo and the 1st Salon of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, both in 1952. He is one of the directors of the 1st Salon of Art in the Japanese Colony in São Paulo, in 1952. After his death, the Retrospective exhibition by Tomoo Handa was held at the Japanese-Brazilian Art Museum, São Paulo, in 1997.

  • TOMOO Handa. In: ENCICLOPÉDIA Itaú Cultural of Brazilian Art and Culture. São Paulo: Itaú Cultural, 2019. Available at: . Accessed: Aug. 14, 2019. Verbete da Encyclopedia.
    ISBN: 978-85-7979-060-7

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