Some of us can’t remember a time when we didn’t love to draw and paint, while others remember the first time we were dragged to the local art museum on a school field trip or by our parents. But hopefully, we grow up and learn to at least appreciate the arts, and, in some cases, we’re fortunate enough to work at Park West Gallery where we get to write about and be surrounded by art, each and every day.
Miami-based artist Romero Britto recently journeyed to Israel for the first time ever, bringing his colorful, vibrant artwork to a group of kids who were really excited to meet the Pop artist. On Thursday, Britto visited kindergarteners at the Yarden school in Tel Aviv, as part of a coexistence workshop organized by the Peres Center for Peace.
“I have done a lot of work with the Jewish community in Miami and always said I should come, but this is the first time,” Britto told The Jerusalem Post. “In Israel you see a great mixture of past and present, and I hope that there will also be a great future.”
Both Israeli and Palestinian girls took part in the coexistence workshop. One by one, each child eagerly lined up to have their portraits drawn by the artist.
“Only an artist with a child’s soul could create art like that,” said teacher Rachel Zchariah, who was introduced to the artist’s work while vacationing in Miami and later brought it into her classroom.
Britto, who is always determined to instill a message of happiness and optimism in his paintings, commented, “At the end of the day, we all want peace.”
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Luckily for these kids, and likewise Park West Gallery art collectors, Romero Britto grew up to be an artist.
[Source: The Jerusalem Post | Photo Credit: Peres Center for Peace]