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“Tinho is a fundamental piece in the history of Brazilian urban art.”

Herbert Baglione


“We met Tinho in 1989 in the northern area, where we were painting a graffiti and he arrived and introduced himself. Information at that time was very scarce, so with this friendship we exchanged the little knowledge we had at the time. Since then we became friends and we were sharing information, painting together. Tinho has always been a visionary, a unique artist who portrays daily life, his experience in big cities, questioning social differences, portraying and filtering this accumulation of information and differences that are part of a city out of control, such as São Paulo.”



“Tinho can surpass the limits of his pictorial origin in contemporary urban muralism to the universe of the plurality of the supports of painting and object. Without losing the harmonic domain of chromatic vibration he seduces and expresses his sensitive origin to social issues through a universal language. His work, consistent with his own history, also brings together the simplicity of popular expression and the unique complexity of a broad poetic approach.”

Xico Chaves

“I met Tinho Painting a wall and from there we never stopped exchanging ideas, helping each other and completing ourselves. There were many stories, fantastic experiences and I am very grateful to have been part of the journey of this artist and friend I admire to this day.”


“The characteristics of Tinho that I like most are authenticity and poetry. Although he has come from  a transition of experiences or even from canvases that are very specific like “Mar de discos”, or no matter how much he addresses anything from crashed cars, which may or may not be hermetic, he has a poetry that is universal. A drama and a poetry that reach all people; This is very difficult to achieve because this authenticity comes from the soul of the person, knowing what he wants, who he is, being well with himself, it reflects itself on his work.”




“I met Tinho through Binho as soon as I started to do graffiti and I immediately identified with what he was doing at the time. I remember one day Binho told me: “Tinho is different, he has his own world, he is focused on producing art not only graffiti”, this brought me closer to the fine arts, it changed the direction of my creations.”


“About Tinho I can only speak highly. In addition to having a painting by him in my collection, with thoughtful painting strength, I participated at his invitation at a street painting event where I learned a lot and could see closely the incredible adventure of painting mounted on cranes and turning urban space into something, sometimes playful and sometimes serious, like a fright to see images in unthinkable places. And as the poet Manoel de Barros says: ”Images are missing words.”

Carlos Vergara

about the 7 seas

the 7 seas

about the unfoldings


about the rag dolls

the rag dolls

The 7 seas of painting


“A strange image and strange prisoners”

Platão. The Republic. Book VII



When Édouard Manet visited Rio de Janeiro in 1849, no one could imagine that art would invent so many tendencies and movements, dividing figurative reality and abstraction; that the world would communicate in real time and that painting would be the starting point for photography, film, video and the world's computer networks. And that, exactly 170 years later, in the same city, we would be rediscussing painting through an artist for whom territorial boundaries no longer exist. This is the case of Walter Tada Nomura - Tinho, and the 7 Seas (Sete Mares) at Paço Imperial.


From Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" (380 BC) to the principle of the darkroom (1554), the inventions of book (Pi Sheng in 1405 and Gutemberg in 1455),  lithograph (1796),  photography (by Angelo Sala to Joseph Niépce, between 1604 and 1826), until Hercules Florence, a Frenchman living in Brazil, coined the term “photographie”, when we arrived at the cinema (from Thomas Edison's kinescope to the Lumière brothers' cinematograph, 1891 to 1895) and finally to the world`s computer network - Internet - around 1980.


Among light, electricity and telepathy, we have left behind the time of the slow communications to speak in real time among 8.7 billion people on the planet. Among all the inventions, the statement of the psychologist Hugo Mustemberg, one of the first film theorists, already denied, in 1916, the possibility of the effect of the movement produced in the cinema resulting from retinal phenomena. Mustemberg believed that everything happened in the neural phase of the process of visual perception. Mustemberg's belief was correct. It is about this perception extended to the collective mode of neural processes that Tinho's 7 Seas speak. A biodynamic tissue links real space to collective neural networks, from individual to individual, directly through common anthropological relationships. It links who read, saw, listened, noticed, dressed, experienced and traveled the spaces of life through a certain culture and its objects, which today are being replaced by digital networks, such as books and skateboards that contain a philosophy of mobility apart.


The one who sees Tinho`s paintings activates his own memory of what he sees, extends in the immediate world the celebration of a universe of material culture and customs that integrate several generations. And that, seen as he painted, recreate the power of these cultural memories in the present. Tinho's paintings are, at the same time, the description and the life of time and space and relationships, the boundary between cultures and media - for example, book and literature, records and sound. These are works that elevate seeing to the state of meaning and consciousness.


It could not be expected less from an artist who, besides mastering painting in both realistic and abstract terms, has the experience of the street, the syntactic and symbolic mastery of the universe of art and graffiti as the real circulation of contemporary culture and its objects beyond immateriality in various cities of the world. Phenomena of the global nation, which mirror, in the digital minute, millions of years of life of the real and topological space.


Seeing Tinho's painting is taking the painting outside the painting, as if there was no separation between art and reality. Tinho simply came to the place of the work in which art is life and life is work, without distinguishing what he saw from what we see. Seeing his work is discovering the eighth sea, it is realizing what binds us in the face of everything he has realized, creating a unique, rare and singular series of recent painting in which we are - him as an artist and us as a living part of his

 work - breaking the mere spectatoriality.


Augmented reality inside and outide simultaneously. The view of a current artist, who does not separate natural and abstract reality, and makes it possible to say that we have reached the foundations of 21st century painting in search of interactive and anthropological landscapes.


While leaving the twentieth century behind, this new art, derived directly from urban passages, broadens our cognitive chances in the real world, where painting functions as a “meeting place,” contrasting digital networks with their characteristic of abstract reality.  Light, and not a shadow of our own existence, this exhibition has the singular and transgressive character of the horizon line found by Manet, a horizon often transcended by Street Art, which, as seen through Tinho's works, made painting rediscover itself,  as we navigate our gaze on the composition of the 7 Seas. Gens trouvé beyond the objet trouvé. Art found beyond art. Art without conceptual, imaginary and dialogical boundaries. A similar image and similar fellow men.


Saulo di Tarso



Opening: 28.11.19 - 18h30

Exhibition: 29.11.9 - 16.02.20

Paço Imperial - Salas Gomes Freire e 13 de Maio



Realization: Movimento Arte Contemporânea e Paço Imperial

Curated by: Saulo di Tarso

Production: Movimento Arte Contemporânea

Press office: Mônica Villela

Lighting: Antônio Mendel

Graphic design: André Arruda Fabro (Moiré Art)

Audiovisual production and editing: Joana Kfuri e Marcos Salamonde

Camera operator: Marcos Salamonde

Photographer: Bruno Ryfer

Artworks transportation: Atlantis Fine Arts

Insurer: Affinité

Text review: Marcos Mauro Rodrigues

Translation: Samuel Graças

Printing: Ginga Design e Tesouro Laser

Banner: Studio Alfa

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