Maria Brito

• Award-winning contemporary art advisor, author & curator

• Author of How Creativity Rules the World

Maria Brito knows the business of creativity inside-out. After a successful career as a corporate attorney, in 2009 she launched and grew a seven-figure art advisory.

Since then, she’s worked with some of the world’s top artists, including Chinese activist Ai Weiwei and incognito street sensation Banksy. She has also advised hip-hop moguls, Oscar® winning actors. Tony® winning producers, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and many more.

As a proud Latina, Venezuelan immigrant and Harvard graduate, Maria is passionate about sharing her first-hand studies of more than 450 artists from a variety of cultures and adding perspective and diversity to one of the most important topics today: creativity in business.

Maria’s expertise has been featured extensively in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, VOGUE, TIME, The Economist and CNN among many others.

She shares her inspiration and advice weekly to 175,000 social media followers and on her newsletter and blog, The Groove.

Maria is the author of How Creativity Rules the World (HarperCollins, 2022).

Speech topics

Creating the Future

How businesses can reinvent themselves in an age of uncertainty: Why do so many companies make it on the Fortune 500 list, and then quickly disappear? It’s not enough to succeed once in business, you must re-imagine yourself. The secret to surviving (and thriving!) in the post-COVID era of business is creativity. Maria Brito will share how today’s most successful contemporary artists cultivate a never-ending renewable stream of ideas and then produce remarkable results. With the right strategy, you can do it too.

Think Like an Artist

How to develop a creative mindset in business: What do Leonardo da Vinci, Elon Musk, and Shonda Rimes have in common? They are creative entrepreneurs. Successful entrepreneurs and artists are almost the same: they imagine radical new possibilities without constraints or limitations, and they depend on their creativity to achieve such feats. Maria Brito will take you behind-the-scenes with today’s top contemporary artists to share how you can develop an artist’s mindset at work, no matter what industry you’re in.

Creativity on Demand

Proven strategies to become more innovative at work: Faced with steep competition and quick-acting copycats, how do you stay original? How do you succeed as a company not just once, but again and again? Creativity is the answer regardless of your industry. As an art advisor, Maria Brito has spent the last 13 years working directly with some of the world’s most successful artists, taking notes on their habits, routines, and techniques. This talk is your creative toolkit with practical strategies for the future of work.

Books

How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas into Gold

There has never been a more crucial time than now to develop your creativity and your ability to innovate. In How Creativity Rules the World, Maria Brito illustrates how creativity is merely a series of habits, actions, and attitudes that anyone can develop—regardless of who you are and what you do.

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