If Mardi Gras Galveston appears to pop with more color this year, there’s a reason for it.
In a salute to great pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Keith Haring much of Mardi Gras has taken on a pop art theme this year including the Knights of Momus and the San Luis Salute balls.
Miami-based artist Romero Britto will add some extra color to the festival and will do so to help build the new hospital tower at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Britto, who was featured alongside Warhol and Haring in Absolut Vodka’s Absolut Art campaign, will have some of his work featured during the San Luis Salute ball which benefits the construction of the Jennie Sealy Hospital tower at UTMB.
Part of the proceeds from Britto’s works will go to the construction fund.
The Brazilian-born Britto, 50, sold his first piece of art when he was just 14 years old.
The sale price? $10.
Years later a piece called “Hug” sold for much more than that. It is one of Britto’s most recognized pieces and is his gallery’s top-selling poster and digital print.
Britto has sold “several tens of thousands” of different works.
At 24, Britto moved from his native Brazil to Europe before moving to Miami in 1987.
The bright colors and bold images featured in Britto’s work reflect the positive attitude he hopes everyone who sees it will embrace the same attitude.
“Keep enjoying my art, keep being positive and remain hopeful for the joy that a new day can bring,” Britto said.
His work isn’t limited to canvas. Some of his paintings translate to jeweled handbags, sculptures and figurines. Those and digital prints of his work will be the items available at the San Luis Salute and at the San Luis hotel Friday and Saturday to benefit UTMB.
Prices of his prints start at about $275, figurines start at about $75, handbags at about $20 and $45 while the jeweled purses and clutches can be about $1,400.
At a glance
WHAT: Works of Romero Britto
WHERE: San Luis Hotel, 5100 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston
WHEN: Friday and Saturday
OF NOTE: Part of the proceeds of the sale of his works will go to benefit the construction of the Jennie Sealy Hospital tower at UTMB.