“For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life. This is most important to me!” — Romero Britto
Romero Britto, born on 6 October 1963, is a renowned pop culture icon and famous for his vibrant coloured works which have notably been seen on bottles of top-brand spirits and vehicles. The neo-pop artist currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he has lived and worked since 1989, but his roots take him back to Brazil where he was born and grew up. Britto is known for participating in multiple charitable organisations, helping children and others in need through his colourful and bright work that provokes positivity. He was also once a child in need, born in Recife, Brazil, to a modest family who lived off the bare necessities, and often turned to art for optimism. He recalls that living in poverty introduced him to “the darker side of humankind” and that painting was a way “to bring colour and light” into his life. In 1983, Britto moved to Europe where he found some success: he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso in Paris, and held solo exhibitions in Germany and England. However, Britto eventually moved to the United States after being drawn to works of American Pop Artists. He states that his new location in Miami often reminds him of the diverse cultural landscape and tropical beauty of his native Brazil.