All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so to keep from going crazy the folks at World Soccer Shop make sure to get away from soccer related activities some when travelling for work.  But we did not get too far detached from work during our visit to meet with CONCACAF last week in Miami as we ended up at the Britto Gallery.


Britto Central in Miami

On first glance it sounds like we were enlightening our minds with a visit to an art gallery until one makes the connection that the Romero Britto has done projects for FIFA and the World Cup.  The Brazilian born neo-pop artist did a series of pieces for last summer’s tournament that included signed prints on canvas, framed prints, stretched canvas, and acrylic blocks, and of course Britto World Cup 2014 t-shirts.


Romero Britto and Pele at the ‘Hublot Loves Football’ gala


Britto soccer ball from the ‘Hubolt Loves Football’ gala on display at the Miami gallery

He designed special soccer balls for the ‘Hublot Loves Football’ American kickoff which brought Pele to the same gallery we were standing in only a few months earlier.


‘Football for Hope’ artist at work in South Africa in 2010


Romero Britto with young artists at the ‘Football for Hope’ event in South Africa in 2010

He also worked for FIFA with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa holding a paint workshop for FIFA’s charity program “Football for Hope.”

But Britto is not all about soccer.  He rose to prominence in 1989 with his ‘Absolut Britto’ which went worldwide on the bottle of the vodka distiller.  Over the years, he has worked with various mediums focusing on the iconic to the everyday from big corporations to small charities.

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The next time you are in Miami and want to be inspired and still keep in touch with soccer visit the Britto Central at 818 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

And to get official 2014 World Cup Britto prints, canvas, t-shirts and more go to FIFA.com’s online store for the exclusive collection.