Michael de Brito


Michael de Brito

Biography

 

Michael DeBrito’s paintings document evocative group gatherings, 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 are 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. Since 2004, he has been awarded Best of Show from the Audubon Artist Annual Exhibition as well as the Allied Artists of America 92nd Annual Exhibition.  A Pollack-Krasner Grant recipient, De Brito has had two solo exhibitions with the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York and a two-man show at the Galeria Graça Brandao Lisbon, Portugal.  His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and at the Presidential Museum in Lisbon.

 

 

Exhibitions (selection)

 

2016

Afro Brasil Museum

Portugal Portugueses – Group Show

São Paulo, Brazil

 

Galeria Graça Brandão

Affectionate Constellations – 10 years of the Gallery in Lisbon – Group Show

Lisbon, Portugal

 

2015

Lucky 7

Affero Gallery

Newark, New Jersey

 

2013

The Ex-Photo Show

Praxedis Guerrero

New York, New York

 

2012

University of Maine Museum of Art

The Moment

Bangor, Maine

 

Arbermarle Gallery

Group show

London, England

 

ARCOmadrid

Madrid, Spain

 

2011

Galeria Graça Brandão

Estratégia ou o Dom da Ubiquidade

Lisbon, Portugal

 

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

One-man Exhibition

New York, New York

 

The Arte Institute

Larger than Life

New York, New York

 

2010

The Kitchen/Whitney ISP

Beauty for the Ashes

Undercurrents: Experimental

ecosystems in Recent Art

Curated by Pablo Helguera

New York, New York

 

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

Group show

New York, New York

 

2009

Museu da Electricidade

Lá Fora

Lisbon, Portugal

 

2008

Museu da Presidência da República

Lá Fora

Viana do Castelo, Portugal

 

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

One-man Exhibition

New York, New York

 

2007

Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

Group Show

New York, New York

 

2006

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

BP Award

Edinburgh, Scotland

 

National Portrait Gallery

BP Award

London, England