Tomie Ohtake was born on 21/11/1913, in Kyoto, Japan, where she would go on to complete her studies. In 1936 she traveled to Brazil to visit one of her brothers and made a new life for herself in Brazil. She married and had two children, and only began to paint in her 40s. Over the course of her many years working as an artist, she was featured in 20 International Biennales, had more than 120 solo exhibitions staged, participated in almost 400 collective shows in Brazil and abroad, and won 28 awards.
Tomie is best known for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. She is also the author of more than 30 public artworks in several Brazilian cities. Ever willing to take on new challenges, Tomie also explored different mediums. She created the set for Madame Butterfly, she was also regularly invited to create pieces for prizes and celebrations, and monumental sculptures.