Brazilian‐born and Miami‐made, Romero Britto is an internationally renowned, iconic pop artist that uses vibrant color, playful themes and hard‐edged compositions to capture the attention of both youthful spirits and educated art collectors.
History and Background
Born in 1963 in Recife, a coastal city in the north of Brazil, Romero Britto and his seven brothers lived a modest life growing up. But Romero, a creative, precocious child with a thirst for education, dreamed of a life of creative expression, drawing and painting his renditions of master painter, Toulouse Lautrec’s works, on newspaper, cardboard or any scraps that he could find to fill his life with images of a bigger and more beautiful world beyond his own.
Though he briefly pursued a career in law, in 1983, at the age of 20, he travelled to Paris where he became inspired by Picasso and Matisse, giving rise to his characteristic aesthetic—bright and bold creations, with a distinct pop art style. It was from there, in 1988, that Romero was encouraged to travel to Miami, where he was selected alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka’s artist showcase. The rest, as they say, is history.
Ideas and Inspirations
With an iconic style described by The New York Times as, “[exuding] warmth, optimism and love,” pop artist, Romero Britto’s vibrant colors, playful themes and hard‐edged compositions, combined with his unique talent, unshakable resolve and belief in his art, have granted him a significant presence in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. The artist’s pop sensibility has lent itself to collaborations with far reaching brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca‐Cola, Disney, Evian, Hublot, Mattel, and Technomarine, to name a few. Britto’s work evokes happiness and hope using a visual language all its own and is, simply, relatable to all.
Romero Britto is known for his optimistic outlook on life, a quality that has made him both successful and served as the essence of his artistic inspiration. Never forgetting his rise from humble beginnings or appreciation for his supporters, charity and mentorship are top priorities for the generous artist.
A life‐long dreamer, the young Romero Britto excelled academically in hopes of a brighter future, but he longed for an outlet for creative expression. Because of this, Romero Britto focuses his philanthropic efforts on engaging children in arts education and literacy programs. Through his namesake company, Britto Central, Inc., he serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations, including Best Buddies International, Miami Children’s Hospital and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, among many others.