93. Danny Brito

Categories: 100 Creatives
In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer screens November 25, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email cultist@miaminewtimes.com with the whos and whys.
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Courtesy of Danny Brito
As a Miami illustrator, Danny Brito has always considered himself a creative person. Brito, who mainly goes by Dannyb or Bee, has been drawing his entire life but really started to take his illustration skills seriously in the past three years. After deciding that being a graphic design major in school wasn't for him, Brito felt the desire to find himself as an artist. "I quit my last nine-to-five in 2008 at 22 and have been my own boss ever since. It's quite ironic though because I worked at an arts and crafts store," says Brito.

Now dedicating all of his time to art and his Etsy store, Brito describes his living situation as a "little room where I have more art supplies than clothes." Currently, art is his only source of income but Brito has made a name for himself exhibiting in over 20 shows such as the Multiversal Group Show at Art Basel, Fabrika Group Show, and At the Sock Hop, his solo show.


Most of Brito's art illustrates his love for girls in dresses (or nothing at all), monsters, and colored pencils, his favorite medium to work with. But Brito's lighthearted work presents itself with an edge. His Lovers Aye illustration of a lesbian couple was featured in Etsy's Gender Bender treasury in celebration of National Coming Out Day. His fondness for all things cute and quirky can be purchased at his Etsy store in the form of illustrations and plush dolls.  

1. List five things that inspire you. 

-Japanese illustration from the 1950s/1960s
-Thrift store art
-Fantasy/Children's movies
-Indie pop, twee, or folk music
-Street fashion

2. What was your last big project? 

I guess my last biggest project was my solo show last April at Pink Ghost in Hollywood. I transformed the gallery section of their store into a 1950s living room. The show was entitled At the Sock Hop, and all the drawings were inspired by the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was also my first solo show. The turn out was absolutely great, and I was really proud of myself for turning out as much art as I did! 

I also started a commission project this year called the Polaroid Project, where I do small polaroid-sized commissions for people. I wanted to be able to offer small commissioned drawings, so they can be affordable for everyone. But I didn't want to just do tiny drawings so I thought drawing the commissions inside of a polaroid frame would be really fun. The feedback from this project has been absolutely great. I've done polaroids as wedding gifts and anniversary presents, and I've done some for people in different countries like Japan and Australia. 

3. What's your next big project? 

I've got nothing set in stone planned for next year. I might be having another solo show, but it is still up in the air. Right now I'm mainly focusing on keeping my Etsy store up to date and creating wearable art like necklaces and purses and standard things like prints of original art.

4. Why do you do what you do?

Because I love doing it! I dropped out of school because graphic design was making me miserable. I find working pencil to paper just makes me so happy. I love being able to create things with my hands, and I love being able to wake up in the morning and not have to answer to anyone but myself. 

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I think I just want Miami to know about my art. I feel like I do a lot of shows up in Broward, but I'm still kind of flying under the radar in Miami, and I don't really have anything I like to hide. I'm a very normal person, and I'm very outspoken. I speak to my friends the same way that I'll speak to gallery owners.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I guess if I had to choose something I'd choose to hide that my Spanish is really terrible. Even with both my parents being born in Cuba, I've just lost touch with the ability to speak it fluently.

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Couple Beard and Braid
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94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

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