Artisans of the World: Romero Britto
Canvas of Color
Romero Britto spreads cheer through his artwork.
By Jodi Ornstein
I can’t remember the first time I encountered the fun, colorful artwork of Romero Britto. But I’ll definitely never forget having the opportunity to chat with the popular artist in his studio in Miami, where he tells me he spends most of his time.
“My life is my art and my art is my life,” says Britto, who was born in Brazil and, at an early age, developed an interest in seeing the world. Over the years, he spent time traveling to Europe, but it was when he visited a friend attending the University of Miami that he decided that was the city for him.
“I wanted to be in a place that everything is new and where things move really fast,” he said. “And I think it was the best thing I’ve ever done.” Nearly 28 years later, the artist’s work, which includes paintings and sculptures, is not only a staple throughout South Florida, but is featured in galleries and museums in more than 100 countries — and at sea.
If you’ve sailed aboard select Royal Caribbean International ships, chances are you’ve noticed Britto’s colorful, whimsical pieces. He was first commissioned by former Royal Caribbean International president Jack Williams to create an installation on the pool deck of Mariner of the Seas when it debuted in 2003.
Britto’s whimsical figures and playful patterns adorn two levels around the main pool, including the deck and wading area, pool columns, wall panels, Jacuzzi and bandstand canopies, the Pool Bar, and the Sky Bar. The focal point is a 10-foot aluminum sculpture of a surfer titled All About Fun.
The relationship was so well received by cruisers that today you’ll find …
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Photos: Britto Central, Inc.