Michael De Brito

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Michael De Brito

United States

Michael DeBrito’s paintings are autobiographical, characters in solitude, unconventional portraits and ominous still lifes.  His paintings display an acute sensitivity to human interaction in conventional settings. The characters contribute to a sense of conflicting moods and dissonance or provoke the viewer by forcing eye contact. There is a voyeuristic element to his works which are rarely staged and capture everyday life that is at once nostalgic, foreboding, and deeply complex open-ended scenes. His works mark an authoritative departure from traditional figurative art while preserving a recognizable influence from historical epochs.

Michael De Brito received his degree from Parsons School of Design and did postgraduate work at New York Academy of Art. He has received awards from Audubon artists as well, Allied Artists of America.  A Pollack-Krasner Grant recipient, De Brito has had two solo exhibitions with the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York and a two-person show at the Galeria Graça Brandao Lisbon, Portugal.  His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Presidential Museum in Lisbon, Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil and the Abbaye Saint André Corrèze, France. De Brito's work is in the permanent collection of Tribunal Constitucional Lisbon, Portugal and  Nevada Museum of Art.


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