The New York Times says that Britto’s style “exudes warmth, optimism and love,” and we couldn’t agree more. His unique fusion of Pop Art and Cubism calls on the knowledge of art history, popular aesthetics, and a sense of humor – melding into a new and playfully insightful style of contemporary art.
Born in 1963 in Recife, Brazil, Britto often painted images on scraps of cardboard and newspaper. His drive and passion to excel led him to travel from Europe, visiting Paris, where he caught his first glimpses of Matisse and Picasso. It was in 1988 that he moved to Miami, exposing himself as an international artist. This exposure was life-altering for the artist, and the following year, he was commissioned by Absolut Vodka for a high-profile ad campaign, selected along with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. This incredible opportunity catapulted Britto into the limelight.
Other commissions followed, including: Grand Marnier, Apple Latin America, Pepsi-Cola, IBM, Disney, a United Nations postage stamp series, Britto Mini Cooper for BMW, the Mariner of the Seas for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and most recently, BankAtlantic. Collectors of Britto’s work include Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Andre Agassi as well as the Guggenheim family, the Rothschilds, the Kennedys, the Mitterands and former Whitney Museum President, William Woodside. In 2012, Britto’s work was honored at Brazil’s Carnival.
Although he calls himself a Pop artist, the cubist elements in Britto’s work should hardly surprise critics – few artists in modern times have escaped the long shadows cast by Picasso and Braque. Britto’s individual style has emerged from these influences, adding vibrant colors, pop imagery, playful themes, plus an inventive use of his signature within his paintings. Vital to the essence of Britto’s art is its unrestrained and optimistic outlook on life.
Throughout the years, Britto has lent his talent, energy, and time to many philanthropic causes, such as the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, the World Economic and Development Fund, St. Judes Hospital, and many others – including his own – the Britto Foundation. The goal behind the Britto Foundation is to provide support to those who work to create, promote and encourage education and humanitarian-based initiatives that benefit children around the world. It is a tremendous personal reward for Britto, knowing that his art is capable of making a difference and inspiring others to give.
To date, Britto’s art is shown in more than 140 galleries nationwide. His work is displayed in the permanent collections of multiple museums and his sculptural installations are located all over the world. He has been profiled in numerous national publications including People Magazine, Art News, Variety, and Leaders Magazine. His gallery located on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida is open to the public and has become a meeting place for school children, celebrities, collectors, and art enthusiasts.
Carrousel du Louvre, Salon Nationale des Beaux-Arts
Sonderausstellung der Kinder-Akademie Fulda, Germany
Louvre Museum, Salle Le Norte Paris, France
Today Art Museum Beijing, China
Sichuan Arts Museum Chengdu, China
Museum of Lu Xun Art Academy Shenyang, China
Museum of Guanghou Art Academy Guangzhou, China
Museum of Contemporary Art/MOCA Shanghai, China
Maison de Imerique Latine de Monaco- Monaco
Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, FL
Coral Springs Museum of Art Coral Springs, FL
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island Hempstead, NY
Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art Miami, FL
Museo de Bellas Artes- San Juan, Puerto Rico
Goodwill Games Museum, Lake Placid, NY
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museo da Imagem e do Som Sao Paulo, Brazil
Officina de Arte Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Museo de Cinco Pontas Recife, Brazil
Benemerita Universidad Automoma de Puebla, Mexico