By: Chris Brunner:
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.
On June 6 – August 29, 2015, Coral Springs Museum of Art will proudly present a collection of Britto’s iconic paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures in the his eponymous exhibit. The exhibit will run through August 29, 2015. A prolific creator, Britto has exhibited his work in 30 countries over four continents in almost 300 exhibitions and more than 20 museum shows.
“We are honored to share with the Coral Springs community the works of Romero Britto as his works bring joy and smiles to everyone lucky enough to encounter them,” says Julia Black Andrews, executive director of Coral Springs Museum of Art. “We are especially excited that the children at our summer camp will have the chance to learn more about Britto and learn the power of the paintbrush.”
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.
ABOUT ROMERO BRITTO
Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an internationally renowned iconic pop artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic faith in the world around him. Romero’s work evokes happiness and hope using a visual language all its own that is relatable to everyone. Self-taught at an early age, Romero painted on any medium he could find before coming into his own and traveling to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. This experience influenced him to create an iconic style, which, as described by The New York Times, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”
To date, Romero’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in more than 100 countries, including the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010. In December 2013, Maria Elena and Carlos Slim Domit invited Romero to be the first living artist to exhibit at Museo Soumaya. He has created public art installations for the 02 Dome in Berlin, John F. Kennedy Airport, Cirque Du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI, and has been credited with the largest monumental sculpture in Hyde Park’s history. Romero served as an official artist for the 2010 World Cup and was recently appointed Ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Romero’s pop sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Disney, Evian, Hublot, Mattel, and Technomarine.
Romero‘s work is full of life and a continuous expression of joy – Romero Britto’s art is truly art for all!
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.