Make It Pop

Celebrated pop artist's colorful work comes to Austin for limited time

Celebrated pop artist's colorful work comes to Austin for limited time

Romero Britto original
Romero Britto is at the Russell Collection this weekend. Photo courtesy of Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery presents Romero Britto
Romero Britto with Elton John. Photo courtesy of Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
Romero Britto original
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery presents Romero Britto

These days we can all use a little happiness and optimism in our lives, and artist Romero Britto has arrived none too soon. The Brazilian-born, neo-pop painter and sculptor believes that bright colors improve mood, memory, confidence, and even mental and physical agility — and it shows in his work.

Through February 19, more than 100 pieces will be available at both Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery on West Sixth Street and the new Russell Art and Frame location in Lakeway.

Born in Recife, Brazil, Britto was drawn to art as expression and love from an early age. Self-taught, he painted what he saw and imagined on newspapers, cardboard, or any scraps he could find. His journey has taken him to London; Paris; and Miami, where he resides and has a gallery. Inspired by the masters Matisse and Picasso, as well as pop artists Warhol and Haring, Britto's works of art are bold, colorful, and happy and have been evoking positive vibes all around the world.

Britto served as an official artist for the 2010 World Cup, ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and was an honorary torch bearer in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. His art has appeared in more than 300 exhibitions in 30 countries. Currently his work is in 24 museum collections in six countries.

Britto's universal message of happiness and hope appeals to collectors worldwide, including Elton John, Prince Charles, and Barbara Bush, as well as the international brands that resonate with his pop sensibility and unique style: Audi, Bentley, Absolute Vodka, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Hublot, and Evian.

Impressed? You can meet the artist himself at one of these special events. RSVP by email or by calling 512-478-4440.

Friday, February 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Russell Art & Frame in Lakeway
Saturday, February 18, from 6-9 pm at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery on West Sixth
Sunday, February 19, from 1-4 pm at Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery on West Sixth