Romero Britto (b.1963) is a Brazilian artist based in Miami. Self-taught from an early age, his creativity reached new heights in 1983 when he visited Paris where he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso. His vibrant and iconic style is the result of combining influences from both cubism and pop art, which, in the words of The New York Times, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”
In 1988, Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist. Britto’s pop sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with such brands as Audi, Bentley, Disney, Technomarine, Absolut Vodka, Evian and FIFA, for whom he created an official poster for the 2010 World Cup. He has illustrated several colourful children’s books and created public art installations for the O2 Dome (Berlin), Hyde Park (London), John F. Kennedy Airport (New York), and Cirque du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries including the Salon Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010.
Britto considers the role of an artist to be an agent of positive change. He serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to over 250 charitable organisations and several boards such as Best Buddies International, Harvard’s “International Negotiation Program” and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.