Maria is the dynamic and engaging speaker you need to inspire your audience at your next event. With her unique perspective on art, culture, and entrepreneurship, Maria will leave your guests feeling motivated and empowered to pursue their passions.

Maria Brito, an award-winning New York-based contemporary art advisor, author, and curator knows the business of creativity inside-out.


She 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. Brito shares her inspiration and advice weekly to 175,000 social media followers and on her newsletter and blog, The Groove, and authored the book, How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas into Gold (2022).


After a successful career as a corporate attorney, she launched and grew a seven-figure art advisory.   A Harvard graduate, originally from Venezuela, her first monograph “Out There” published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2013, was the recipient of the USA Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design Categories. In 2015 Brito was selected by Complex Magazine as one of the 20 Power Players in the Art World and in 2020 she was named by ARTNEWS as one of the people who gets to shape the art world. For several years, Maria has taught her creativity course in companies and, in 2019, she launched “Jumpstart”, an online program on creativity for entrepreneurs based on years of research and observation in both the areas of business and art.


In 2019 she created and hosted "The "C" Files with Maria Brito", a TV and streaming series for PBS's new station "ALL ARTS".  The same year she also curated two exhibitions: “The Thousand and One Nights,” the inaugural show of Artual Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon with seven American artists including Holly Coulis, Allison Zuckerman and Rosson Crow and "MUSE", Shona McAndrew's first New York City exhibition at CHART Gallery in Tribeca.  


Exclusively represented by BrightSight Speakers, Maria has worked on product collaborations with artists such as Kenny Scharf, Erik Parker, Katherine Bernhardt, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Nir Hod, as well as 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.


Her expertise and projects have  been featured extensively in national and international publications including The New York Times Style Section, T: The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, W Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The Economist, Interview Magazine, VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE  Latin America, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE China,, ELLE Décor Spain, Departures, Forbes, Blouin ArtINFO, Hamptons Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Modern Luxury, Refinery29, goop, Billboard, Marie Claire Australia, Marie Claire Spain, Allure, The Coveteur, House Magazine, Lifestyle Mirror, House Beautiful, Buro 24/7, Latina, Modern Magazine, The Daily Beast, and more.

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. 


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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