Growing up in a Brazilian home with eight brothers and sisters, Romero Britto craved a space that could be his—and only his. At a young age, he began painting the environment around him on any material he could find, paying special attention to detail and creating a sense of organization that was missing from his often chaotic life at home. He quickly realized that art was a space he could have to himself, where he could capture the beauty of little things and moments that made him happy. His talent emerged as he set out to paint pieces that would evoke feelings of optimism and positivity, hoping to add color to a sometimes dark world.
“Sharing my art with as many people as possible has always been so important to me.“
With natural talent and an eagerness to excel at his craft, Britto set off for Paris in 1983 to learn outside the classroom. He was introduced to the works of Picasso and Matisse, two artists who spearheaded the modern art movement at the dawn of the 20th century. He continued traveling around Europe, attending any galleries or private art shows he could find. In the late 1980s, Britto moved to Miami in hopes of jump-starting his career amidst the pop-art resurgence.
Influenced by Picasso’s composition and Matisse’s use of vibrant colors, Britto’s art became infused with vivid colors, various shapes, and bold patterns. He drew inspiration from the city around him, crafting a graphic, pop cubist style with elements of fauvism. He also developed a very particular color palette filled with specially produced reds, blues, and yellows, creating a signature style that is widely recognized and admired. His dream to create pieces that would incite happiness was realized, as his work is said to exude warmth and a hopeful, positive tone.
Britto has become one of the most famous international contemporary pop artists of the 21st century, with his paintings and sculptures currently featured on five continents in more than 100 galleries. His work is featured in prominent venues worldwide, such as the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and London’s Hyde Park, where he is credited with the largest monumental sculpture in the park’s history. Britto has also been featured in the Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup, and he was invited to be an honorary torchbearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
If you’re interested in purchasing or viewing Britto’s artwork, you can visit the Grand Bohemian Gallery at select Kessler Collection Hotels.