Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. Self-taught at an early age, Romero Britto started painting on newspapers. In 1983, Romero Britto traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso. Britto combined influences from cubism with pop to create a vibrant iconic style that The New York Times describes "virtually explodes with warmth, optimism and love."
In 1988, Romero Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist. In the following year, Romero Britto was selected alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka's "Absolut Art" campaign. The pop sensibility Britto has since leant itself to many collaborations with such brands as Audi, Bentley, Disney, Technomarine, Evian and FIFA, for whom he created an official poster for the 2010 World Cup. Romero Britto has also illustrated several books published by Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli. The artworks of Romero Britto has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries, including the Salon Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010. Romero Britto has also created public art installations for the O2 Dome (Berlin), Hyde Park (London), John F. Kennedy Airport (New York), and Cirque du Soleil at Super Bowl XL.
Often described as Neo Pop, Britto's art has moved beyond the philosophy of Pop Art as a reflection of popular culture toward an art that
has become a pop icon. Romero Britto's art does not only hang on our walls but is incorporated into those everyday items that we enjoy - couture fashions, postage stamps, and Pepsi® cans! The
potential impact of his art on others is powerful and at the same time humbling for Romero Britto. "My inspiration continues not only for the person who commissions my paintings but for the laborer
who reaches into his pocket for his last few coins to purchase a Pepsi and perhaps smile at my painting on the can."
This truly contemporary vision continues to grow and develop. While Romero Britto primarily creates with acrylic on canvas, his work also includes grand sculpture in both aluminum and wood. The dynamics of three dimensions allows Britto to further explore his talent and communicate to his audience. His "Welcome" sculpture in Miami Dade's Datran Station will be not only Britto's largest sculpture at 40 feet tall but also Miami's largest public sculpture.
At his studio, Britto Central, Romero Britto demonstrates other new artistic explorations on man-made, functional objects of plastic, glass, aluminum, and ceramic.
Commissions & Monumental Sculptures
Romero Britto considers the role of an artist to be an agent of positive change. Romero Britto serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to over 250 charitable organizations and several boards such as Best Buddies International, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Romero Britto was recently named a founding inaugural benefactor of Harvard's "International Negotiation Program," by Dr. Daniel Shapiro, in his quest for peaceful conflict resolution. Romero Britto has also spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and at countless schools and institutions.
In early 2011 the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, invited Britto to create the logo for Rede Cegonha, a project to reach over 61 million pre and post-natal mothers and babies. Romero Britto was selected to serve as the Ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Revealed in peaceful, playful, sensual, and perpetually joyful themes, Romero Britto's people, animals, flowers, and sunsets reveal the enthusiastic potential of everyday experiences. "To achieve such airborne emotions, Romero Britto has invented his own pictorial language. With brilliant colors, harmonious shapes, and pleasing patterns, the art of Romero Britto is an art that demands to be taken on its own terms," says Eileen Guggenheim of Britto's art in the Museo de Bellas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Romero Britto's daring combinations of color, size, pattern and prospective are quite deliberate. The varied thickness of Britto's black outlines enhance the depth and form of his subjects. The precise stripes and polka dots create textures that further describe the subject matter as three-dimensional characters and places. Most distinctive is Romero Britto's own signature as a design element in each of his canvases since 1992. These elements combine to create a style that is fresh and invigorating and can be understood by all.
Internationally, Romero Britto has exhibited in London, Stockholm, Madrid, Tokyo and Italy. His works are also popular with celebrities or renowned figures, some of which Romero Britto has based portraits on, such as Roger Federer, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan, Gloria Estefan, Andre Agassi, Eileen Guggenheim, David Rockfeller, and Senator Ted Kennedy. His most recent exhibition held in London was “Modern Icons”, hosted at Imitate Modern Gallery, from 16 November to 7 December 2011. The exhibition featured a series of portraits of the members of the British Royal family. The icons represented included The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HM Queen Elizabeth II, The Pope, Chairman Mao, Henry Matisse, Brigitte Bardot and Jesus. The portrait of the new British Royal couple was the highlight of the auction, and Britto commented: “It was wonderful to create their portrait, I just adore their love story and what they represent for all of us... love, longevity and history.”
Fine Art Prints
While Romero Britto maintains, "I was born to paint life in a different way, rejoicing in the beauty our world has to offer," he is certainly no stranger to hardship. While his art has been reproduced to help organizations raise funds for their causes, some of Britto's proudest moments have come from interacting with those who will specifically benefit from his art: painting with children afflicted with often fatal diseases to simply visiting with others who stay at the hospitals that own his oversize murals. Of course, the financial needs of these organizations and the families whom they help are always at the fore.
In 1999, a Britto original, "Cheek to Cheek," brought $100,000 at live auction to the Agassi Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Romero Britto has prided himself for never saying "no" on any occasion to an organization in need. In Britto's words, "I feel lucky to have been given the gift of creativity so that I may share my vision of a better world. I will never forget what it was like to be poor."
To date, Britto's art is shown in over 140 galleries worldwide. He has been profiled in numerous national publications including People, Art News, Variety, and Leaders. He lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife and son. His studio in Miami Beach is open to the public and has become a meeting place for school children, collectors and art enthusiasts. His talent and generous spirit affect all those with whom he comes into contact. This is what makes so many people want to live with Romero Britto's art everyday and why he is the most celebrated artist alive today.
"For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life. This is most important to
- Romero Britto
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