The Select Guest
MEET | MARIA BRITO
Featured 7.9-7.15.18 | Maria Brito is a force. From the moment you meet her, you can’t help but feel energized, inspired … alive. You also can’t help but feel really freaking impressed. The Venezuelan-born, Harvard-educated knockout has written for some of the most major publications out there (like Elle, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal — heard of them?), curated the first-ever show of New York-based artists in Greece, and was selected by Complex Mag as one of 20 Power Players in the Art world. Oh, wait. Did we mention her day job? Sorry. Brito is a (the) contemporary art advisor to some major VIPs, and has built the collections of some of the most high profile peeps out there (GP and P. Diddy to name just two). So yes, she’s smart (Harvard), she’s gorgeous (she prays and meditates for an hour every day — locked in her bathroom because it’s the only place she can be alone, naturally), she’s connected (see above) and she’s fiercely motivated (her alarm goes off at 5am on the daily just so she can fit it all in). She’s also an activist (her blog covers everything from the current immigration issue to feminism and everything in between) and her goal to change the world’s narrative starts and ends with the creation and celebration of art. And this week, we’re going to celebrate her. Welcome to Maria’s week.
more about maria
Maria Brito is an award-winning New York-based contemporary art advisor, creative designer, author and curator. A Harvard grad originally from Venezuela, Maria has built art collections of prominent CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs and fashion executive sharing her knowledge and creativity with them to turn her clients into meaningful art collectors.
In 2013, her best-selling monograph, Out There, published by Pointed Leaf Press, was the recipient of the USA Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design Categories and in 2015 Maria was selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World.
In 2016, Maria curated the first show comprised solely of New York-based artists to have ever happened in Greece. “Greek Gotham” was presented at Dio Horia, Mykonos in July and August of 2016. A full-color catalogue with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch written and designed by Maria to commemorate the exhibition and the launch of Dio Horia’s publishing arm accompanied the exhibition.
Maria has written for publications such as W Magazine, Elle Magazine, HuffPost, Goop, Vogue Brazil, Departures, Cultured Magazine and more. Maria and her projects have been featured extensively in national and international publications including The New York Times Style Section, The Wall Street Journal, “T” The New York Times Style Magazine, The Economist, W Magazine, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine, The New York Observer, Interview Magazine, Vogue Italia, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Latin America, Vogue Brazil, Vogue.com, Elle Décor Spain, Departures, Harper's Bazaar Arabia and more.