The Hand of Man

Paintings by Brazilian artist Totonho

November 21

December 15

Stride Arts is pleased to present The Hand of Man, paintings by Brazilian artist Totonho.

The exhibition, showing over thirty colorful and meaningful paintings by renowned Brazilian painter Totonho, will be on view from November 21 to December 15, 2019.

“We are honored to present Totonho’s first solo exhibition at our gallery”. “Totonho’s paintings not only celebrate the beauty and purity of nature, they also redeem one’s hope and inspire viewers to love and protect our environment, and to dream and to strive for a better ecological future.” The exhibition The Hand of Man takes viewers on an extraordinary trip through the Brazilian rain forest, showcasing its forest and fauna. The beautiful trees, plants, rivers and birds in Totonho's paintings remind us of the importance of nature. In addition, his critical paintings show the side of mankind we don't like; destruction, devastation, and even racism and the inequality it engenders. Still his critical paintings often have an element of the positive due to Totonho’s optimism and dreams of a better future for all. “We wish to introduce and share Totonho’s story, art, and vision with New Yorkers and the world”,

Chang Ge Aaronson, Director Marketing Group at Stride Arts

About the artist
Totonho, born Antonio de Araujo Pereira, is a self taught artist from Salvador Bahia, in the
northeast of Brazil. He started to paint at a very early age, using soil, plants and coffee to make
paint. About fourteen years old, he moved from the countryside to Bahia’s capital Salvador, a huge city with a rich culture. Here he refined his skills, and met other artists.
In the eighties he was one of the founders of the Associação dos Artistas Populares do Centro
Histórico de Salvador. He had his first exhibition in Brazil in 1973 and his first show outside of
Brazil in 1988. From that moment on he has showed his work successfully at many solo and group exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, Great-Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada and the US.

© Totonho. Image courtesy of the artist.