Mr. Romero Britto

Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto has created a visual language of hope and happiness all its own that is relatable to all, inspiring millions. Self-taught at an early age, Britto painted on scraps of paper or cardboard or any medium he could find before coming into his own and traveling to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described, “exudes warmth, optimism and love”.

Britto’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries, including the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2008 and 2010. In 2013, Maria Elena and Carlos Slim Domit invited Romero to be the first living artist to exhibit at Museo Soumaya. He has created public art installations for the 02 Dome in Berlin, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Cirque Du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI, and has been credited with the largest monumental sculpture in London’s Hyde Park history.  Britto served as an official artist for the 2010 World Cup, Ambassador to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and was recently invited to be an honorary torch bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Britto’s pop sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Evian, Hublot, and Mattel to name a few.

Romero is an activist for charitable organizations worldwide and most of all an artist who believes “art is too important not to share.” Britto has donated time, art, and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations. Not a silent activist, Britto was a selected speaker for the arts at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. In addition, Romero Britto is proudly an Inaugural Founding Benefactor of the Harvard International Negotiation Program. He holds a seat on several boards such as Best Buddies International, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and was recently appointed to the board of HRH The Prince of Wales charity, The Prince’s Trust.  A believer in the role of an artist as an agent of positive change, Romero Britto is committed to developing and supporting the role art will continue to play in world issues.



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Mayor Tomas Pedro Regalado

Tomas Regalado was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 24, 1947. He was the first son of Carmen, a house wife, and Tomas, an outstanding attorney and journalist that became the President of the National Association of Reporters and Journalists of Cuba. Tomas Sr. was also a political Prisoner in the island for 22 years due to his struggle for the freedom and democracy of Cuba.
At the age of 14, Tomas Regalado and his younger brother, Marcos, traveled to the U.S. under the Catholic Church program known as “Peter Pan”. Marcos and Carmen sent the boys to America with the hope of having them live in freedom.
The father’s vocation for journalism was quickly reborn in Tomas. At 17, Tomas obtained an internship at the Miami radio station “WFAB” and, shortly after, he became the youngest reporter of the station. His professional training was real quick. In 1970, Tomas Regalado had become an international news reporter. His first assignments were in Africa, at the time immersed in wars sprung from the confrontation between the Soviet Union and the U.S. Tomas reported the Angolan war, the bloody revolts in Soweto, South Africa, and the violent civil war in Mozambique.
In the 1980’s Tomas reported the guerrilla warfare in El Salvador and Nicaragua, where many reporters were also casualties.
His professional jump to the top came in 1983 when he became the first Cuban American journalist to integrate the White House Press Corp. Mr. Regalado traveled with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton for several years, in addition to the daily coverage of the White House news.
Tomas Regalado has been a multi task journalist. Besides writing article on newspapers, he was TV anchor for Channels 23 and 20 of Miami, and news director for the “Spanish Broadcasting System.”
His social concerns pushed him to jump into the political arena. In September, 1996 he was elected Commissioner of the City of Miami. For his brilliant performance was reelected in 1999, 2003 and 2007, the latest one without opposition. In November 2009, Tomas Regalado was elected Mayor of the City of Miami.
Tomas has three sons: Tomas Jr., Raquel and Jose, and four grandchildren. After thirty seven years of marriage his wife passaway in 2008. He is currently married to Mrs. Ana Cristina Regalado.

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