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Who is Tio Tjay?

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By Gwylym Owen

Tio Tjay (born 1946 in Jakarta as Tio Hok Tjay) was an Indonesian painter who for a long epoch has reside in Brazil. At a extremely young age, young Tio Tjay enjoy studying Chinese painting and calligraphy. His talent for art was already sensed by people at youth.

In 1967 he immigrated to South American subsequent to his family. He held many exhibitions, from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and even Paraguay. In 1971 till 1975 he resided in Manaus, where he befriend in the same way as many natives, which gives him an opportunity to enter the Amazon. It is Amazon Rainforest that essentially inspire him to magnetism painting not quite nature. In 1976, he moved urge on to São Paulo and participate in the exhibition of Bienal Nacional de São Paulo.

1980’s was a great decade for Tio Tjay. He was invited to join an exhibition in Italy which was held in Naples for a cultural membership between Brazil and Italy. A few years later, he was over invited to Tukuyama, Japan for a cumulative exhibition. And in the same year, he returned to Indonesia and worked in his birth country.

Tio Tjay’s mighty painting is affected by the Latin colours that was dominant in Brazil. In Indonesia, he created unique style of art pieces by combining the brave colours of Latin, with an oriental style, applied in the wondrous Indonesia and the exotic and mysterious Amazon.

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