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Romero Britto Brazil 1963-

Brazilian-born and Miami based, Romero Britto is an international artist/ activist, who uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto has created a visual language of hope and happiness all its own that is relatable to all, inspiring millions. Born into a large family with modest means, he was self-taught at an early age and painted on scraps of paper, cardboard or any medium he could find. He eventually was able to travel to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described, “exudes warmth, optimism and love”.

He has exhibited in over 100 major museums around the world and created public art installations for the 02 Dome in Berlin, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, and has been credited with the largest monumental sculpture in London’s Hyde Park history.

Britto has donated time, art, and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations worldwide, believing “art is too important not to share.” Not a silent activist, he was a selected speaker for the arts at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, an Inaugural Founding Benefactor of the Harvard International Negotiation Program and was recently appointed to the board of HRH The Prince of Wales charity, The Prince’s Trust.

A believer in the role of an artist as an agent of positive change, Britto is committed to developing and supporting the role art will continue to play in world issues. He dedicates a lot of his time and talent to international organizations such as St. Judges. Children’s Hospital, the American Red Cross, and Best Buddies International. He has made significant contributions to protecting and preserving the Brazilian Rainforest and funding AIDS research. His passion for helping the community has led him to create the Britto Foundation which supports education and philanthropy for children. Based in Miami, the organization aims to nurture people's aspirations in art and culture and to help them engage more deeply in education and literacy programs.


 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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