About: Robert BrittoRomero Britto’s art is some of the most recognizable in the modern art scene. He is one of the most successful pop artists of the twentieth century and his work has garnered widespread critical acclaim and popularity among private art collectors. Born in Recife, Brazil in 1963 Britto fell in love with art at an early age and has been entirely self-taught. He moved to Miami in 1988, and his artistic style fit in perfectly with the cities vibrant, upbeat, and colorful culture. His art career began to explode, and he soon began lending his art to a number of commercial enterprises. In 1989, he created the “Absolut Art” campaign for Absolut Vodka alongside famous pop artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Since then, he has also lent his art to campaigns for Apple Computers, IBM, Pepsi, Disney, Bentley, FIFA, Grand Marnier, Evian, and Audi.
Britto’s aesthetic combines many divergent points of view and interjects them with his own artistic sensibility. Bringing together the French influences of cubism with the American influence of pop art, and adding an element of street art and graffiti has yielded a unique and much loved brand of art that is exclusive to Britto. Today, his style is referred to by many as “neo-pop.” Britto uses severe black lines and bright cheery colors to create a bold and optimistic feel to his art. While his work is vibrant and positive, he uses his art to address important public issues. He addresses many social and political issues including environmentalism, education, and peace.
Romero Britto is a very diverse artist. While his work is easily identifiable as Britto art, he is not afraid to play outside the boundaries of what is expected. The artist does not confine himself within the bounds of any particular medium. He works in sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. He can work on any scale from very small to massive art installations like the ones he put on at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010. His success has reached a global scale and he is extremely popular in South America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As passionate as Britto is about his art, he is also passionate about his well-documented humanitarian work. He lends his time, money, and art to organizations including the Andre Agassi Foundation, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the World Economic and Development Fund where he has been a speaker. Romero Britto also promotes causes including AIDs research, assistance for the mentally ill, and preserving the rainforests in his home country, Brazil. He also runs his own charity program named the Britto Foundation which aims to support education and humanitarian initiatives focused on children. It emphasizes creative programs for children and works to increase literacy and educational access around the world. It is directed at children that are presently under-served in their social situation and works to improve their educational outlook.
Today, Romero Britto remains more successful than ever. His new type of “neo-pop” art has revolutionized the modern art world. His artwork can be found in a number of word museums, over 200 galleries, and in countless private art collections. For Britto, the ability to lend his success to the many social causes he believes in has been the most personally rewarding part of his career.