Designer to the Stars Maria Brito Guest Curates a Stylin’ Collection of Art

We’re thrilled to have interior designer Maria Brito guest curating an exclusive collection of art as part of our ongoing Guest Curator series. Read on to discover the role art plays in her life, first piece of art she bought, the artists she’d most like to meet, and the last great exhibition she attended.


Maria Brito. Photo credit: Scott Jones.
 

Maria Gabriela Brito is as colorful and dynamic a character as the art that she curates for her clients and collects for herself. The accomplished interior designer takes a unique approach through her company, Lifestyling, by incorporating art into every home design.

Recently the art advisor, who counts Sean Combs and Gwyneth Paltrow as clients, launched her first book, Out There: Design, Art, Travel and Shopping (Pointed Leaf Press) to impart her knowledge on how to start a contemporary art collection at any budget.  Below is her curated collection for Saatchi Art, which reflects her signature bold style and love of color!

Maria and Tracy Emin at her party in Freemans.

How would you describe your personal style?
Fun, edgy, colorful.

How would you describe your taste in art?
Fun, edgy, colorful.

What role does art play in your life?
Art is integral to my life, it’s the centerpiece of my company and it permeates in everything I do.

 Cover of Maria Brito’s book, Out There.

What do you collect?
Os Gemeos, AVAF, Vik Muniz, Andrea Mary Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Mark Bradford, Kenny Scharf, Tracey Emin and so many more!

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A major, colorful and humongous Basquiat.


Mickalene Thomas limited edition print in Master Bedroom, designed by Maria. Photo credit: Ellen Warfield.

Which artist would you most like to meet?
Too late now but it would have been Andy Warhol.

What was the first piece of art you purchased?
A small Keith Haring print.

Maria and Kenny Scharf on the day of her book launch at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Photo credit: Billy Farrell.

What was the last museum or gallery you visited?
Lehmann Maupin to see Tracey Emin’s latest show “I followed you to the sun.”

Favorite city to explore or experience art?
New York City hands down.

Krista Joo-Hyun D’Angelo unique Neon Sculpture and tray with costume jewelry, designed by Maria. Photo credit: Ellen Warfield.

Abstract or Figurative? Abstract.

Color or Black + White? Color all the way.

Digital or Analog? Both.

Bacon or Basquiat? Basquiat.

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 Luigi Visconti limited edition photography in kids’ room, designed by Maria. Photo credit: Ellen Warfield.

Murakami or Mondrian? Mondrian.

Rothko or Ruscha? Ruscha.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Beatles!

 

A preview of Maria’s collection:


20 Comments

  1. Joan Norris says:

    I enjoyed your collection, please take a look at mine.

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  2. HEY HOW ARE YOU MARIA
    GABRIELA BRITO
    I SAW THE WRITE UP IN SAATCHI ONLINE ABOUT YOUR GUEST CURATING
    AND GOT INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU DO.IF YOU LIKE KIETH HARING AND WANT TO MEET ANDY WELL….YOU MAY LIKE WHAT I HAVE BEEN PAINTING FOR THE LAST20 YEARS.I AM NOT YET ON SAATCHI AND CONTEMPLATING MY PRESENCE THERE.IN THE MEANTIME,I AM 51,WORK OUT OF MONTREAL ,TORONTO,AND VANCOUVER CANADA.IF YOU LIKE ROMERO BRITTO,KIETH HARING, PICASSO, CHAGALL, RAFAEL ABECASSIS…YOU MAY LIKE WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING.I HAVE BEEN TOLD I HAVE ELEMENTS OF THEIR STYLES ALTHOUGH I WAS NOT TRYING TO DO THAT.IT WAS JUST INTUITIVE PAINTING.I HAVE A LARGE BODY OF WORK YOU MAY WANT TO SEE.IT IS HOUSED IN MY TORONTO STUDIO…I CAN GO ON…BUT WE CAN LEAVE IT TO IF YOU HAVE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT ME BY EMAIL OR FACEBOOK.ALL THE BEST.I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO ASSIST ME IN PUTTING OUT MY BODY OF WORK…WHILE I AM LIVING…OK A BIEN TOT. SINCERELY AARON ABECASSIS.

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  3. Om Joshi says:

    I have done artistic drawings EYES iinspired from artists works like Picaso,Dali, Chagall and others.
    Give me your email address so I can send you to have a view.
    Om Joshi

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  4. APOLLONIA says:

    CIAO, MARIA SEI UNA PERSONA STREPITOSA, MI PIACCIONO LE RISPOSTE CHE HAI DATO PER QUANTO CONCERNE L’ARTE, MI TROVO SU ALCUNE D’ACCORDO CON TE. sono una pittrice di Catanzaro in Calabria, mi piacerebbe che una mia opera arricchisse la tua collezione. se posso ti invio un file con le mie opere. BY BY FROM APOLLONIA

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  5. Hello Maria,

    Thank you for chosing the Name Game painting. I just read the interview, I like your choices , your replies, your colours. I paint in Sao Paulo and in Paris, I’ve had a really good spell recently (painting, getting seen…).
    My wife Maria Angela (Maria… she’s Brazilian, names… no coincidence) met a Brazilian decorator on a Sao Paulo Paris flight, and he liked my work and put 4 paintings (2 large and 2 small) in his space at CasaCor Sao Paulo. You are also a decorator with a good artistic ‘eye’. I will try to get hold of your book somehow… because I like your use of art in decorating and promoting beautiful spaces.

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    • A Major Humongous Basquiat
      The personality of Jean Michel Basquiat !
      The authenticity of his line !
      His jaw dropping style !
      New York in the early to mid 1980′s was a destination that I wished to be in.
      It took me time to get into the rythm of life.
      great choice.

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    Neon bright magic fun full of joy

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    So nice to see the use of color… Thank you!

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