What’s in my travel bag - Romero Britto
Written by Ayesha Khan
Brazilian native Romero Britto is widely regarded as one of the most important neo-pop artists of our time. His cheery pieces of art and sculpture combine the principles of pop art, cubism, and graffiti, and have garnered collaboration with the likes of Pepsi, Disney, the United Nations, and BMW.
Most recently, Britto was named a cultural ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a role that he takes very seriously, travelling the world with FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, creating the artwork for FIFA memorabilia, and holding art workshops for children under FIFA’s Football for Hope programme. Based in Miami since 1989, Britto’s gallery, Britto Central, is a Lincoln Road must-see.
“Asia is always particularly interesting to me. Most recently I was in China for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, and in Japan with my son. It’s invigorating to wake up in a place that’s so different – both visually and culturally – to what you’re used to. I also of course love to travel to my native country, Brazil – I go about once a month. Brazil is so interesting because of all the growth the country has seen in such a short time period over the past few years.
For those of you who are headed to my country for the FIFA World Cup, you must visit Rio de Janeiro. Lie down on the Copacabana Beach, have lunch at the Copacabana Palace hotel, go for drinks at the Fasano hotel, and climb the Corcovado Mountain to visit Christ the Redeemer. After all that, you have to visit the BRITTO mural on the CEDAE building in downtown Rio! It’s the largest mural I’ve ever done, and it’s also the largest mural in Latin America.”
The Bag – I always travel with my Tumi garment bag, Prada briefcase, and of course my BRITTO luggage that was done in partnership with Heys.
The Contents – I never travel without my Sharpie pens.
I also always take some luxurious face creams to ensure that my skin stays hydrated, and that I always appear to be as fresh as possible even if I’m exhausted. I love Kiehl’s and La Prairie products, and the key is not to let my skin get too used to one. I use one for a few days, and then change it up!
It’s important for me to always have a versatile outfit that I could wear for any occasion – a business meeting, casual dinner, or fancy event – because again I never know what could come up on the road!
My phone also doubles as my camera, and I just love to take pictures of my surroundings while travelling, as well as of my friends. These photos serve as inspiration for my paintings when I return back to my studio.