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 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 are was flourishing. Britto moved to Miami and set up a studio open to the public. With an unshakeable resolve and belief in his art, Britto spent the next few years exhibiting and attracting the attention of many. Then, in 1989, Absolut Vodka selected Britto to design artwork with their famous logo. Britto's participation added to his name to a list of 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 from Singapore to Dubai, to London and New York. Opening in Paris at the Salle de Notre, Louvre Museum in December 2008, Britto unveiled "Journey" to hundreds of guests. Other recent shows and projects are just as impressive, "...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 have found the spotlight in numerous corporate commissions and noted art collections. Also an accomplished portrait artist, Britto's works include likenesses of Ernest Beyeler, founder Art Basel as well as the late Robert Rauchenberg. Britto sculpture installations are currently across the globe including locales such as JFK airport, NY and 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.
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 Forums in Davos, Switzerland in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Britto is committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art will continue to play in world issues.
"For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simnple and good things in life. This is most important to me!" - Romero Britto
Selected Exhibitions / Commissions:
2007: Britto designed 45 ft pyramid to mark opening of Tutankhamun
and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs
2007: International Pop Artist Britto creates portrait series celebrating
the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales
2007: Cirque du Soleil to perform in Super Bowl XLI PreGame
2007: February 4th show designed by by Celebrated Pop Artist Romero Britto
2006: Evian commissions Britto for new bottle campaign
2006: Montreux Jazz Festival commemorates 40th anniversary
with monumental sculpture by Pop Artist Romero Britto.
2006: Unveiling of Britto aluminum sculpture for Basel Children's Hospital, Basel, Switzerland 2005: Exhibition at Galerie Ficher Rohr, Basel, Switzerland
2002: BMW commissioned artist to design MINI COOPER
2002: Britto created three murals for Duty Free Brazil and Department of Aviation
located at the entrance to the International Terminal
2001: Artist designed cover of Michael Jackson's new CD: "What More Can I Give"
1994: Britto created labels for Grand Marnier & Carillon Importers
1993: Miracle Rick commission benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
1992: Commission for "Latin Grammy", for the First Annual Latin Grammy Awards
California Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Miami Children's Museum, Miami, FL
Museu de Artes de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Everhardt Museum, Scranton, PA
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
The FIU Museum at the Florida International University, FL
Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI
Museo de Artes Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo del Nino, Caracas, Venezuela
The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Miami, FL
Kennedy Library, Boston, MA
Tufts University Museum, Boston, MA
Miniature Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Fine Arts Museum Long Island, Hempstead NY
National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Palm Beach, FL
Louvre Museum, Paris, France