Pop Artist Romero Britto’s Sculptures Brighten Landscape at The Pike

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britto-the-pikeWith the belief that “art is too important not to share,” internationally known artist Romero Britto is bringing his museum-quality work to communities across the country. One of the premier pop artists of our time, Britto’s artwork will be show in downtown Long Beach May 28 through June 21, 2009 at The Pike.

While Britto is a regular in international galleries, private art collections and museums, the Britto Tours America exhibition is the first of its kind for the artist. Each of the 11 sculptures featured at The Pike stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 13 feet 5 inches tall and will include some of Britto’s most familiar images, including Big Apple, Dancing Boy and Blue Dog.

Britto’s vibrant and passionate collection is easily recognized for its bright colors and bold compositions. His sculptures and paintings are exhibited on five continents and sought by art lovers everywhere, including collectors such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, tennis star Andre Agassi, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and philanthropist Eileen Guggenheim. This exhibition will offer Long Beach artlovers a chance to experience the whimsy and joy of Britto’s artwork in the outdoor setting of The Pike.

As a child growing up in Recife, Brazil, Britto always had drive and a passion to excel. In his formative years, art was as a hobby as he pursued law and diplomatic studies. While serving in the Brazilian Army, Britto realized his dream to pursue his love of painting, and threw himself into his artwork.

brittoIn 1989, Britto brought his art across the Atlantic after accepting a friend’s invitation to visit Miami. He sold his art on the streets of Coconut Grove and got his big break when Absolut Vodka took notice of his talent and commissioned him to design a commemorative label. The project was a commercial success, and art lovers and critics began to take notice.

Following this amazing success, extraordinary opportunities and acclaim continued to come his way. He has been sought out for a wide variety of projects, including the historic 2007 partnership with the National Football League and Cirque du Soleil for Super Bowl XLI. He was recently invited to erect a 45-foot commemorative pyramid sculpture in London’s Hyde Park as part of the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition’s historic return to London after 35 years. 

Developers Diversified Realty currently owns and manages over 740 retail operating and development properties in 45 states, including The Pike in downtown Long Beach.

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