Pablo Picasso

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

"I don't say everything, but I paint everything."

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."

"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else."

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 5, 1881. His father, Jose Ruiz, was also an artist. Picasso painted in many styles, including Cubism and Expressionism. He also sculpted. In cubism, he tried to show the dimensions of the objects in his paintings. When he painted in the classical style, his shapes were round and soft. In cubism, his shapes were square and hard. In his early years Picasso did, in fact, sign his name as Ruiz Blasco - after his father - but from about 1901 onwards, he switched to using his mother´s surname. When Picasso painted, he had a blue period and a rose period. For about three years in his early twenties, he used mostly light blue colors in his paintings. The rose period came after the blue period. It began after he moved from Spain to France. Because he could work in multiple styles, Picasso became very famous. He used great lines and color in his paintings. He had an extraordinary talent for almost any artistic endeavor, capable of working with oils, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, pencil, ink or any medium with equally impressive results. When not working, he hated being alone and, during his long and artistically productive life, Picasso had a string of lovers, 4 children by 3 women and 2 wives.