Florida Gulf Coast University Presents a Romero Britto Retrospective
FORT MYERS, FL — An exciting new exhibit featuring the artwork of Romero Britto opens Friday evening at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Through Feb. 5, Romero Britto: A Select Retrospective will present some of the Miami artist’s earlier works on newsprint and cardboard, as well as preparatory sketches for completed works; recent works will also be on view.
Romero Britto has come a long way since his days of painting on scraps of newspaper and cardboard as a poor youth growing up in Brazil; now he paints his signature style on anything and everything. In fact, in July 2009 Park West Gallery shared the story about Britto’s transformation of a Bentley car into a colorful work of art; and in October, the artist designed custom parking meters to help the homeless in South Florida.
Celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Gloria Estefan, Elton John and Oprah Winfrey have all added Britto works to their personal art collections.
“He seems to be on a rock star level,” Anica Sturdivant recently told The News-Press of Fort Myers. Sturdivant is one of the co-curators for the Britto exhibit at FGCU and said she certainly feels joy whenever she sees his work. “People always need something that just makes them smile,” Sturdivant said, “something that brightens up their world for a while.”
For more on this exhibit, please visit artgallery.fgcu.edu