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 Joao De Brito  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Massachusetts / Portugal      Known for: Landscape, figurative painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted December 2005, is from John B. Lima, representative of the artist.

Portuguese-American artist João de Brito has lived in Northern California since 1979, yet he travels extensively throughout California, New England, the U.S. and Portugal, Italy, South of France, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada and Asia to paint in oils en plein aire and to sketch.  From age six, he has observed and studied art to acquire a passion for expressing himself using impressionist/figurative views on canvas.

Though de Brito sculpts and works in ceramic, he favors painting and incorporates his Portuguese roots along with influences of great French fauvists and early California impressionists.

In the past several years, de Brito has toured California and Europe with artist Mark Geller to paint coastal and inland scenes.  De Brito spent three years as an understudy to Capitola’s William B. Hannum, a highly regarded best-selling artist of Carmel’s Artist Association.

De Brito has become well-known for his use of vibrant colors that elicit light, life and energy. Intended to unleash a fresh creativity – inspired by memories of his homeland, scenes from the East and West Coast, and his many travels abroad – de Brito creates oil paintings to stimulate the sense of sight to produce emotion and thought. 

Of late, de Brito’s works are represented by galleries in Capitola and Santa Cruz California, Provincetown Cape Cod, Massachusetts, New Zealand, Oakland, California, and Roswell, Georgia.

Along the way, he has been the featured and solo artist, and held several one-man shows.  De Brito is also a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, Provincetown Art Association, and The Beachcombers Club, a private arts association based in Provincetown.

De Brito was born in the Island of St. Michael in the Azores, and as a young man immigrated with his family to the East Coast of the United States.  In 1982, the artist settled in California’s Monterey Peninsula.  Though he admits to often ‘swimming against the current,’ his painting philosophy is to awaken hope, invoke a sense of well-being and share colors of life.

Prior to focusing solely on his artistic talents, de Brito spent many years in finance and public relations.  As a marketing director of a publishing firm for more than 10 years, he oversaw creative teams focused on developing and promoting images of corporate clients. Today, de Brito is content to quietly observe nature and to allow his images to speak to the human heart.

ASSOCIATION/EXHIBITIONS
Portuguese Heritage Museum San Jose CA, (solo)
Cabrillo College, Aptos CA Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (group)
Santa Cruz Art League, (Group)
U.C.S.C. Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, (Group)
Casa dos Acores New England, E. Providence R.I. (solo)
Galaria Municipal de Ponta Delgada Portugal, (solo)
Galaria Municipal de Vila Franca do Campo Sao Miguel, Azores Portugal. (solo)
Amigos da Treceira Pawtucket, R.I. (Solo)
(plus 17 feature artist or solo exhibits in many retail gallery’s in the US)

MEMBERSHIPS
The Beachcombers Provincetown
Santa Cruz Art League
Provincetown Art Association

Additional Magazine Reference:
2013  "Acorean Spirit"-Gente Notavel/Notable People", Sata International Airline Magazine

Biography from Hauk Fine Arts:
Joao de Brito was born on the Azores off the coast of Portugal.  He emigrated with his family in 1958 to New England.  He has exhibited on both coasts and now makes his home in California.

Influences include the French fauve painters and early California Impressionists, including E. Charlton Fortune.  He also has studied the Society of Six, more notably the work of August Gay and Selden Gile, as well as the Azorean artist Domingos Rebelo and Portuguese painters Vieria de Silva and Paula Rego.  In 2008 he exhibited with Nathan Oliveira, Mel Ramos and John Mattos in an exhibit titled ``Ashes to Life: A Portuguese American Story in Art.'' The exhibition inspired a book of the same title which is available in several Northern California museum book stores.

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