Romero Britto creates a completely new expression that reflects his optimistic faith in the world around him. Eileen Guggenheim wrote it best when stating, “Chagall’s floating lovers seem to foreshadow so many of Britto’s buoyant exultant couples.” Alluding to influences of early and modern masters, Britto’s pulsating colors, pop themes and commanding compositions have led him to become one of the premier contemporary Artist of his generation.
Romero Britto lived an extremely modest lifestyle while growing up amongst eight brothers and sisters in Recife Brazil. However, his innate creativity allowed Britto to fill his life with vibrant color and images of a beautiful world. His canvas was any scrap of newspaper or cardboard he could find. Britto has an inordinate passion to excel and prospered academically. Still, Britto’s artistic nature eventually led him to seek experiences outside the classroom.
Romero Britto traveled to Europe in 1983 to examine firsthand the art of the masters. After exhibiting in a few galleries and private shows, Britto was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing. Britto moved to Miami and set up a studio open to the public. With an unshakable resolve and belief in his art, Britto spent the next few years exhibiting and attracting the attention of many. In 1989, Absolut Vodka® selected Britto to design an artwork with their famous logo. Britto’s participation added his name to a list of noted artists, such as Warhol and Haring, also commissioned for the famed vodka campaign. Britto’s studio in Miami Beach was quickly becoming known as the place for people of all ages and walks of life to meet and acquire a unique style of art.
Romero Britto today is represented in galleries and museums across five continents. Opening in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre, Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts in December 2008, Britto unveiled “Journey” to hundreds of guests. Other unique artistic endeavors have flourished. “…Matisse channeling Picasso,” wrote the New York Times® when Britto created a living canvas performed by the Cirque du Soleil in celebration of Super Bowl XLI.
Romero Britto artwork on canvas has found the spotlight in numerous corporate commissions and noted art collections. Britto’s repertoire includes likenesses of the late Ernest Beyeler, founder of Art Basel as well as the late Robert Rauschenberg. Over 20 cities have Britto sculpture as permanent installations, and Britto is the first artist to display a monumental sculpture in Hyde Park, London. His diverse resume also includes several series of postage stamp designs for the United Nations Postal Administration and a postage stamp in Brazil that celebrates the 450th Anniversary of the city of Sao Paulo. In 2010, Romero Britto launched his first children’s book, “My Alphabet Playbook” that leads children through a colorful collection of artistic learning.
Romero Britto is an artistic activist for charitable organizations worldwide and most of all an artist who believes “art is too important not to share.” Britto donates to over 250 charitable organizations a year. Not a silent activist, Britto was a selected speaker for the arts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In addition, Romero Britto is proudly an Inaugural Founding Benefactor of the Harvard International Negotiation Program. Romero Britto is committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art will continue to play in world issues.