(Main Gallery) For more than 20 years, Brazilian-born Miami-made artist Romero Britto has fostered a message of happiness and hope with his energetic signature pop style. His artwork is colorful, playful and, as described by The New York Times, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.” Britto’s artwork is recognized internationally and epitomizes the culture and art movements of South Florida. The Museum will feature a collection of Britto’s iconic paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures in this eponymous exhibit.
A prolific creator, Britto has exhibited his work in 30 countries over four continents in almost 300 exhibitions and more than 20 museum shows. Born in Recife in northern Brazil in 1963, Britto travelled to Paris at the age of 20. In Paris, he became inspired by Picasso and Matisse and developed his own characteristic aesthetic of the bright and bold forms associated with pop art. In 1988, Britto received his big break when he traveled to Miami and was selected alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka’s artist showcase. Britto’s pop sensibility has lent itself to collaborations with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Disney, Evian, Hublot, Mattel, and Technomarine, as well as with international sporting events like the FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014, and most recently, the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, for which Britto is Global Ambassador.
In addition, Britto is an artistic activist for charitable organizations worldwide and most importantly, an artist who believes “art is too important not to share.” He serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations. A firm believer in the role of an artist as an agent of positive change, Britto is committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art plays in world issues.
Romero‘s work is full of life and a continuous expression of joy – Romero Britto’s art is truly art for all!