Romero Britto was born in Brazil in 1963 and grew up in a large family with eight siblings. Self-taught from an early age, Britto painted what he saw and what he imagined on surfaces such as newspapers and cardboard. In 1983, Britto went to Paris, France where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. After exhibiting in a few galleries and private shows, Britto was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing. Britto has lived in Miami, Florida since 1989. Shortly after Britto arrived in the United States, Michel Roux, creator of Absolut Vodka's Absolut Art Ad Campaign, happened by Britto's first studio in Coconut Grove, Florida. Roux quickly asked Britto to reinterpret the famous bottle, which would be published and seen by millions.