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|Known for||Painting, Sculpture|
Romero Britto (born October 6, 1963) is a Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art, and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope, dreams, and happiness.
Born in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, on the Northeast side of Brazil, Britto lived and grew up among a big family of eight brothers and sisters. However, his innate creativity allowed Britto to fill his life with images of a bigger and more beautiful world beyond his own at an early age, he painted what he saw and what he imagined on surfaces such as newspapers, cardboard or any scraps that he could find. With an inordinate passion to excel, he prospered academically. Still, Britto's artistic nature eventually led him to seek experiences outside his home. In 1983, Britto went to Paris, France where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso, Britto was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing.
Britto has lived in Miami, Florida since 1989. Shortly after Britto arrived in the United States, Michel Roux, founder of Absolute Vodka's Absolute Art Ad Campaign, happened to stop by Britto's first studio in Coconut Grove, Florida. Roux quickly asked Britto to reinterpret the famous bottle, which would be published and seen by millions. Britto was part of major international art fairs, among them were FIAC Paris and Art Salon Hong Kong. His exhibitions were shown around the globe some of which were the 2016 Presidential campaign of Governor Jeb Bush as well as for Monsanto, Bain Capital, Movado, Philip Morris, Academi (formerly Blackwater), Disney, Enrico Coveri, Pepsi, the United Nations, BMW, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Britto has one main art gallery in Miami, on South Beach on Lincoln Road. His name has been featured in well-known media including Forbes, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, ARTnews, and more.
In 2020, it was announced that a biopic on the life of Romero Britto is in pre-production by the same production company that filmed the biopic on Walt Disney Walt Before Mickey.
Works on display
- Tomorrow, Monumental Sculpture for Sebastian Ferrero Atrium at UF Health Children's Hospital, Gainesville, Florida
- Welcome, Monumental Sculpture for Dadeland North Station, Miami, Florida
- Star Art, Star Art Foundation, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida
- Our Guardian Angel, Jackson Memorial Hospital mural, Miami, Florida
- Mural, Miami Children's Museum, Miami, Florida
- Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art, Miami, Florida
- Paradise, City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
- Grapeland Heights Water Park, Miami, Florida
- Confetti, Mayfair Galleria Mall, Miami, Florida
- In the Air, US AIR Frequent Flyer's Club, Palm Beach
- Bean Man, Governor's Mansion, Tallahassee, Florida
- California Gold, California Winery Associates, California
- The Nurse, American Red Cross Headquarters, Washington
- The Ultimate Kid, Strong Memorial Hospital, New York City
- Michel Roux, Carillon Importers Headquarters, Teaneck
- Growing as a Child, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia
- One People--One Planet, The Tae Jon International Exposition, South Korea
- Medallion, Swedish Wine & Spirits Corp, Sweden
- Absolut Britto II, ABSOLUT Vodka Headquarters, Stockholm, Sweden
- Dance of Hearts, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England
- Mural, Pernambuco Catholic University, Recife, Brazil
- The Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
- Angelo, Venus, Music, Mona Cat, Yellow Flowers, etc. in the Skynear Designs Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- "Brazil", Marcelo Camargo, Orlandia, Brazil
- "Heart of Velvet Underground", Zouk Club, Singapore, Singapore
- Welcome at the sculpture garden at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel
- Beach Ball at Florida House on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
- Best Buddies Friendship Bear, John F. Kennedy School, Berlin, Germany 
Honors and awards
- Romero Britto was honored as theme of Renascer de Jacarepaguá samba school in its 2012 Carnival parade. Britto himself took part of the parade on Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí.
- Montreux Jazz Festival - featured Artist of the Year, Montreux, Switzerland
- "Marina's Garden" created for an education and cultural project involving children from different high schools for a paint-workshop event in Witten, Germany
- Global Summit of Women - Collaboration with European luxury brand MCM to commemorate their 20th anniversary
- Kindred Spirits Help Kids - Romero Britto and Jeff Koons collaborated to help children in need
- Project Medishare - A dispatch relief program working in association with Dr. Barth Green and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine staff to Haiti
- Best Buddies Friendship Bear - sculpture for the Time Warner Center in New York City
- Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, incorporates a BRITTO concept store
- CNN Icons - features Romero Britto
- Bentley Motors commissioned Romero Britto to paint their one of a kind concept car titled "The Britto Bentley"
- FIFA - Britto hosts a painting workshop benefitting FIFA's charity program "Football for Hope" in South Africa
Britto is a conservative, hosting a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at his Miami studio in 2015, where he unveiled a mural that he and Jeb Bush's wife Columba had painted with the slogan "#AllInForJeb". Previously, Britto held a fundraiser at his gallery for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He publicly supports Brazil's right-wing extremist president Jair Bolsonaro, and in March of 2020 he gifted the president with his own portrait.
- "Defining Cubism: Art's Ability to Shatter and Build Again". Park West Gallery. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
- Britto's Website 2015
- Minkara 2004
- "We are getting a bear!". John F. Kennedy School. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
- (Portuguese)"Homenagem a artista Romero Britto abre desfiles da Sapucaí". Reuters (Brazil). 2012-02-20.
- Parker, Ashley (6 December 2015). "Bush Team Tries to Soothe Donor Concerns". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
- Bustos, Sergio (5 December 2015). "Jeb Bush campaign's rainbow of colors goes on display". Associated Press. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
- Burton, Rebecca (25 June 2011). "Mitt Romney Visits Miami: Former Massachusetts Governor holds fundraiser on Lincoln Road". WTVJ NBC Miami. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
- Morejon, Liane (8 March 2020). "Miami artist Romero Britto welcomes Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Wynwood studio". WPLG Local10.com. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
Minkara, Ahmad (October 2004). "Romero Britto". Tufts University School of Medicine Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
Britto, Romero. "Romero Britto Biography". Britto's Website. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
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- Original of Romero Britto
- Official Romero Britto web page
- Education & Culture Project "Responsibility Future - Marinas Garden" in Germany
- Romero Britto's "A New Day Project" in Witten
- Portrait of Romero Britto from Jörg Nitzsche, Hamburg
- Two Mundos Magazine
- Official Romero Britto Brazilian web page