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Romero Britto/ Romero Britto

Brazil 1963

Sculpture, Painting

www.britto.com

Romero Britto
Romero Britto
Male
Brazil
1963

Praised for the vibrancy and enthusiasm of his paintings, Miami-based Romero Britto works in a unique visual vocabulary based on the assumption that art and artists have a duty of being agents of positive change. Over the course of his career, Britto developed a distinct, pop-cubist style characterized by bold colors, playful themes and abstractions that imply on the legacy of artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Romero’s fantastic art is a testimony of Miami’s vitality and South American cultures, presenting the viewers with an amazing world revolving around humor, popular aesthetics and a complete lack of any restraints.

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Romero Britto – A New Day, 2001 (Left) / Mona Cat, 2004 (Right)

The Rise of Romero Britto

Since he was growing up in a very poor situation, Romero Britto and his seven brothers were forced to make due with what they had. Observed from today’s standpoint, Britto feels that art is what kept him away from all the dark circumstances of his childhood, re-focusing his attention on the bright colors and positive aspects of life. When he was at the early age of fourteen, Britto presented his creations to the public for the very first time at an exhibition arranged by the Organization of American States. Despite winning awards for his displayed works and being encouraged by this early success, Britto felt that a smarter move for him at that time was seeking a practical, academic path as this would be a more realistic course. Soon after, he received a scholarship to study law at the Catholic University of Pernambuco. However, after he entered his third semester, Britto had a change of heart – he realized that nothing he learned so far made him as happy as creating his early pieces of art did. Keeping that in mind, Romero packed his bags and set sails for Europe in order to study and paint.

After arriving at the Old Continent in 1989, Britto’s art was distinguished almost immediately for its positive and energetic view on life[1], obviously channeled from his early childhood. Since then, Romero’s unmistakably modern colorful work is easily recognized without much effort. Interestingly, Britto started to combine artistic techniques of Pop Art and the complex qualities of Cubism, making his work extremely unique and stunning. In the early stage of his career, Romero explored several artistic mediums including watercolor, pencil and ink, serigraphy, lithography, acrylic and even finger paint – all that mattered to the young painter was that his visuals follow his Pop-Cubism visual guideline.

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Romero Britto – Cavalo Cavalo, 2002

Romero’s Fame and The Britto Foundation

After he managed to establish himself as a world-class talent, Britto started sporadically working for institutions and organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, and Best Buddies International. Firms were literally lining up in order to hire Romero. Additionally, Britto attended major art fairs such as FIAC Paris and Art Salon Hong Kong, as well as numerous world tours. His colorful works were extremely popular from the moment they appeared at the scene, finding their way into some of the most prestigious collections in the world. Wishing to become a bigger part of the United States scene, Britto moved to Miami, Florida, the city which serves as his home to this day. There, the artist continued to evolve creatively and his Neo-Pop style became a true sensation. Exhibitions of his work were everywhere between New York and Tokyo. His paintings were also quite popular with celebrities or renowned figures from our societies, some of which he has based portraits on, like the case was with Roger Federer, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan, Gloria Estefan, Andre Agassi, Eileen Guggenheim, David Rockefeller and Senator Ted Kennedy. Simultaneously alluding to influences of early and modern masters, Britto’s constantly pulsating colors, pop themes and commanding compositions have led him to become one of the premier Brazilian contemporary artists of his generation.

It should also be noted that Britto’s constant charitable contributions and activities have helped with establishing his reputation. Whether it be helping to protect and preserve the Brazilian rainforest, assisting the mentally ill or funding research for AIDS, Romero dedicated much of his time to such endeavors. That trait of his personality was eventually crowned in a form of the Britto Foundation, an organization founded in the year of 2007. The idea behind this Miami-based company was and still is to promote education and humanitarian initiatives for children. Furthermore, the Britto Foundation aims to nurture young people’s art and cultural aspirations, engage children in literacy programs and respond to the needs of those within the most vulnerable populations.

Romero Britto paints in a colorful way that combines viusal aspects of Pop art and Cubism

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Romero Britto – The Hug, 1995 (Left) / Untitled, 2004 (Right)

Seeking Happiness Through Art

With his never-ending positive energy, Britto continues to fulfill his dreams to this day. It is rather safe to say that Romero is rightfully considered to be the youngest and most successful Brazilian Neo-Pop artist of his generation[2]. Through his unique visuals, Romero Britto creates a completely new expression that reflects his optimistic faith in the world around him. This always was and always will be his main goal as an artist. The painter explained it best himself when he stated the following: As an artist, 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 and that is why it is so important to me that my work be accessible to all people. For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life. This is the most important to me. With such goals, we hope that Romero will stay committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art often plays in many of the world’s issues.

This artist is represented by Gerard Seiwert Gallery.

Romero Britto lives and works in Miami, United States.

References:

  1. Britto, R., Happy!, Universe, 2010
  2. Britto, R., Official Biography

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All images courtesy of Romero Britto.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Romero Britto: The Formula Of SuccessErarta. Museum of Contemporary Art, St. PetersburgSolo
2015The Opening Exhibition: Art FusionMaddox Gallery Mayfair, LondonGroup
2015Corporate Art - L’azienda come oggetto d’arteGalleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , RomeGroup
2014Romero Britto: Lets go BrazilGalerie Mensing-Cologne, GermanySolo
2014Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Exhibit Modena, Italy Group
2014l'Art au Sommet exhibitionGaleries Bartoux (Galerie de l'Alpage II & III) - CourchevelGroup
2013Art & Antique Residenz SalzburgGerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013A.R.T. Worth AvenueOrianne Collins Jewellery, Palm Beach, Florida, United StatesGroup
2013Omaggio a Verdi DuecentoGalleria Ca'd'Oro, Salone del Coro of Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, ItalyGroup
2013Romero BrittoGalerie Mensing - Berlin, GermanySolo
2013Romero BrittoGalerie Mensing - Hamburg, GermanySolo
2013Romero BrittoGerald Hartinger Fine Arts - Vienna, AustriaSolo
2013Korean International Art FairSeoul, KoreaGroup
2013Art & Antique Residenz SalzburgGerald Hartinger Fine Arts - Vienna, Austria Group
2012CollectionBaik Song Art Gallery, SeoulGroup
2012Affordable Art FairGalleria Ca'd'Oro, Rome, ItalyGroup
2012Affordable Art FairGalleri Futura, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2012ART KYIVGerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Kyiv, UkraineSolo
2012Maestros de la Plastica y Moderna Cotemporanea LatinoamericanoGaleria de Arte Nader, Santo Domingo, Domenican RepublicGroup
2012Art KyivGerald Hartinger Fine Arts, Kyiv, UkraineGroup
2012Maestros de la Plastica y Moderna Cotemporanea LatinoamericanoGaleria de Arte Nader - Santo Domingo, Domenican RepublicGroup
2012British PavilionCasa Cor 2012 - Brasilia, BrazilGroup
2012Marilyn Monroe | Tribute to a Female IconGalleria Ca'd'Oro - Coral Gables, FloridaGroup
2012NICOLE HENRY FINE ART with the PGA Tour Wives at Muses & Visionaries to benefit CHILDHOODWest Palm Beach, FloridaGroup
2011Pop Art HeavyweightsFabrik Contemporary Art, Hong KongGroup
2011Romero Britto Solo Exhibition (Ford Ka unveiling)Galleria Ca'D'Oro - Rome, ItalySolo
2011Britto Solo ExhibitTorrione Di Margherita Di Savoia, ItalySolo
2011Solo exhibition of Britto sculptureVilla Bulfon, Velden AustriaSolo
2011Romero Britto: Original sculptures and PrintsBenemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, MexicoSolo
2011MONA LISA UNVEILEDFreedom Tower MDC - Miami, FloridaGroup
2011RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCULTURE DI ROMAa cura di Gloria Porcella e Lamberto Petrecca - Rome, ItalyGroup
2010Romero Britto:A Select RetrospectiveFlorida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery, Fort Myers, FLSolo
2010Showcase: The fine art of Romero Mercedes-Benz Center, MunichSolo
200902|09 Indiana, Koons & BrittoFabrik Contemporary Art, Hong KongGroup
200920th-Century TreasuresNaples Museum of Art, Naples, FLGroup
2009Presentation in Abu DhabiEmirates Palace Hotel - Abu Dhabi, UAESolo
2009Romero Britto at Race of the ChampionsOpera Gallery - Singapore, ChinaSolo
2009Romero Britto: Pop modern artworksTratzberg Castle - Jenback, AustriaSolo
2009Montreux Jazz Festival 2009Montreux, SwitzerlandGroup
2008DDR Sculpture TourUSASolo
2007Art BaselBasel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007Ravelo FesivalFlorence, ItalyGroup
2007Las Vegas International Art ExpoLas Vegas, NevadaGroup
2007New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
2006Montreux Jazz FestivalMontreux, SwitzerlandGroup
2005B-HappyDe Meerse, HoofddorpGroup
2005Grafik InternationalKunsthalle Hosp, NassereithGroup
2005Funny PopGalerie Augustin, InnsbruckGroup
2005KaléidoscopeOpera Gallery, ParisGroup
2005international Biennale of Contemporary ArtFlorence, ItalyGroup
2005New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
2005Romero BrittoGalerie Ficher Rohr - Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2004New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
2003For the love of Art Galerie Ficher Rohr, BaselSolo
2003Arte VistaThe Pop Art Gallery - Badhoevedorp, AmsterdamSolo
2003New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
2002New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
2001New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
2000Romero Britto - Malerei GraphikArt Galerie Richter, BerlinSolo
2000New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
1999New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
1998New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
1997Art Un, ChigasakiKanagawa Prefecture, Japan Solo
1997New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
1997Vancouver International Art ExhibitionVancouver, British ColumbiaGroup
1996Art AmericasNan Miller Gallery - Miami, FloridaSolo
1996New York International Art ExpoNew York, New YorkGroup
1996Art MiamiNan Miller Gallery - Miami, FloridaGroup
1996WIZO, Women's International Zionist Organization Art Exhibit Aventura, FloridaGroup
1995New TrendsNan Miller Gallery - Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
1995Art MiamiNan Miller Gallery - Miami, FloridaGroup
1995Castelli GraphicsBailey House - New York City, New YorkGroup
1994Art MiamiNan Miller Gallery - Miami, FloridaSolo
1994Art AsiaHong Kong, ChinaGroup
1994Art CologneCologne, Germany Group
1994Art Fair SeattleNan Miller Gallery - Seattle, WashingtonGroup
1994Arte FieraBologna, ItalyGroup
1994Artisma TurinoTurin, ItalyGroup
1993Art AsiaKass Meridian Gallery - Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
1993Art BogotaKass Meridian Gallery - Bogota, ColombiaSolo
1993Art ChicagoKass Meridian Gallery, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
1993Art Fair SeattleNan Miller Gallery - Seattle, WashingtonSolo
1993Arte FieraKass Meridian Gallery, Bologna, ItalySolo
1993Art MiamiNan Miller Gallery - Miami, FloridaSolo
1993Caracas ExpoKass Meridian Gallery - Caracas, VenezuelaGroup
1993FiacThe Grande Palais, Kass Meridian Gallery - Paris, FranceSolo
1993Linear Kass Meridian Gallery - Ghent, BelgiumSolo
1993MBCC Maastricht ExpoKass Meridian Gallery - Maastricht, Holland Group
1993Tokyo International ExhibitionRocky Aoki Collection - Tokyo, JapanGroup
1992Documenta 9Documenta, KasselGroup
1990Absolute Britto ExhibitThe Mayfair Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
1990New York International Art ExpoNew York City, New YorkGroup
1990Ravelo FestivalFlorence, ItalyGroup