João de Brito (1958 – ) Portuguese American
João de Brito was born on Azores Island of Portugal, he lived in New England and currently lives in Northern California, he has travelled extensively throughout California, the U.S., Canada, Central America, Asia, Pacific Islands and Europe to paint in oils en plein aire. From early age, he has observed and study art and life, he has passion for expressing himself using impressionist/figurative views on canvas. Though de Brito sculpts and works in ceramic, he favors painting and incorporates his Portuguese roots along with influences of great French fauvists and California impressionists. In 2005, de Brito traveled from city to city to paint with Mauri artists and exhibit at Pyromania Gallery in Tauranga Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, and he has been a guest of the Portuguese government who engaged de Brito to paint images of the country for their cultural collection and art publication. In the past, de Brito toured California and Europe with artist Mark Geller to paint coastal and inland scenes. He has completed a Master’s Class with David Leffel and took several art courses at Cabrillo College. In addition, de Brito spent three years as an understudy to California’s William B. Hannum, a highly regarded best-selling artist of Carmel’s Artist Association and continues to learn from his good friends Pop Figure Artist Mel Ramos and the late master painter and print maker Nathan Oliveira who was part of the original Bay Area Figurative artist movement of California.