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 Romero Britto  (1963 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida / Brazil      Known for: pop art-painting, sculpture and serigraph

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BIOGRAPHY for Romero Britto
1963 (Recife, Brazil)
Florida / Brazil

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pop art-painting, sculpture and serigraph

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Romero Britto  is a Pop artist of his generation whose original paintings, serigraphs, and sculptures are collected by, among others, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eileen Guggenheim, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jordan, Gloria Estefan, David Rockefeller, Senator Ted Kennedy and many other public figures, society scions, and entertainment personalities.

A member of the international arts since the late 1980s, Britto was commissioned by Absolut Vodka along with several other prominent artists (including Andy Warhol) to design a bottle label for a company advertising campaign.  In the years since the Absolut commission, Britto has received numerous commissions from major corporations for large-scale murals, sculptures and product logos, as well as portrait commissions from celebrities and other society elite.

Written and submitted October 2006 by Steven E. Savage, who wrote this biography as an entry for

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Romero Britto was born in Recife, Brazil in 1963. Self-taught at an early age, he painted on surfaces such as newspapers. In 1983, he traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso. He combined influences from Cubism with Pop, to create a vibrant, iconic style that The New York Times describes as exuding "warmth, optimism and love."

In 1988, Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist. In the following year, he was selected alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for Absolut Vodka's "Absolut Art" campaign. Britto's pop sensibility has since lent itself to many collaborations with such brands as Audi, Bentley, Disney, Technomarine, Evian and FIFA, for whom he created an official poster for the 2010 World Cup. He has also illustrated several books published by Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli.

Britto's 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. He has also 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.

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 organizations and several boards such as Best Buddies International, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He was recently named a founding inaugural benefactor of Harvard's "International Negotiation Program," by Dr. Daniel Shapiro, in his quest for peaceful conflict resolution.

Britto has also spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and at countless schools and institutions. In early 2011 the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, invited Britto to create the logo for Rede Cegonha, a project to reach over 61 million pre and post-natal mothers and babies. Romero was selected to serve as the Ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


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Through his vibrant colours, playful themes and hardedged compositions, Romero Britto intends to capture the attention of both youthful spirits and educated art collectors.  Using a multitude of mediums and themes, Britto used his art to provide a glimpse of his personal life experiences.

Easily recognized, Britto's work is unmistakably modern, bold and colorful.  His style often combines the artistic technique of Pop Art with the intricate compositional quality of Cubism.  In an effort to bring his work to the masses, Britto constantly reinterprets the meaning of art and its role in contemporary life.

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