born October 6, 1963
Romero Britto is a Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant , bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto has created a visual language of hope and happiness all its own that is relatable to all, inspiring millions. His pulsating colors, pop themes, and commanding compositions have led him to become the premier contemporary Pop Artist of his generation.
Romero Britto lived an extremely modest lifestyle while growing up in Recife, Brazil. Self-taught at an early age, Britto painted on scraps of paper or cardboard or any medium he could find. He traveled to Europe in 1983 where he was introduced to the artworks of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”
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. Focusing on developing his own style, 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 has since completed other corporate works for Disney, Hublot, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Evian, the United Nations, BMW, Audi, Bentley and Royal Caribbean Cruises to name a few.
Romero Britto has exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries and his sculpture installations can be found across the globe, including in 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. Other 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 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 has been selected on numerous occasions as speaker for the arts at the World Economic Forums in Davos, Switzerland. Britto is committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art will continue to play in world issues.
Museum Acquisitions (a sampling):
Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Kennedy Library, Boston, MA
California Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Mexico
Fine Arts Museum Long Island, NY
Museo de Artes Contemporaneo, Venezuela
Museu de Artes de Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Everhardt Museum, Scranton, PA
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI
Museo del Nino, Caracas, Venezuela
Tufts University Museum, Boston, MA
Miami Children's Museum, Miami, FL
The FIU Museum at the Florida Int'l University
Fine Art Prints (a Div. of)
Pan Asia Advisory Limited
Suite A, 15/F, Hillier Commercial Building
65-67 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong