Pablo Picasso




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Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.

Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881, and was raised there before going on to spend most of his adult life working as an artist in France. Throughout the long course of his career, he created more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and other items such as costumes and theater sets. He is universally renowned as one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the twentieth century.

Picasso’s ability to produce works in an astonishing range of styles made him well respected during his own lifetime. After his death in 1973 his value as an artist and inspiration to other artists has only grown. He is without a doubt destined to permanently etch himself into the fabric of humanity as one of the greatest artists of all time.

As an artist and an innovator, he is responsible for co-founding the entire Cubist movement alongside Georges Braque. Cubism was an avant-garde art movement that changed forever the face of European painting and sculpture while simultaneously affecting contemporary architecture, music and literature. Subjects and objects in Cubism are broken up into pieces and re-arranged in an abstract form. During the period from approximately 1910-1920 when Picasso and Braque were laying the foundation for Cubism in France, it’s effects were so far-reaching as to inspire offshoots like the styles of Futurism, Dada, and Constructivism in other countries.

Picasso is also credited with inventing constructed sculpture and co-inventing the collage art style. He is also regarded as one of three artists in the twentieth century credited with defining the elements of plastic arts. This revolutionary art form led society toward societal advances in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics by physically manipulating materials that had not previously been carved or shaped. These materials were not just plastic, they were things that could be moulded in some way, usually into three dimensions. Artists used clay, plaster, precious metals, and wood to create revolutionary sculptural art work the world had never seen before.

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Julio Nieto

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Julio Nieto is a multifaceted artist whose talents include sculpture, poetry, performance art, installation and design. The artist, born in the Basque Country and now a resident of Tenerife, has shown his work at numerous galleries and art fairs in Europe and the USA and his large-scale works have been displayed in public squares in a number of cities. In 2009, Nieto won the Puerto de la Cruz Honorary Distinction and his work was chosen to represent the Canary Islands at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza. He has also received various art and design awards from the Government of the Canary Islands.
“Metal Skin, street sculpture” is the culmination of five years of work by Julio Nieto. This travelling exhibition comprises seven large-scale, outdoor sculptures. From 2008 to 2012, the pieces were exhibited in cities in the Canary Islands and mainland Spain. The purpose of the project was to stimulate the imagination and communication of the general public of all ages and, as such, reinvent public spaces as the ideal setting to promote multicultural coexistence and dialogue among the local people. The building materials (steel and bronze) and dimensions of the works made them ideal for outdoor installations, however in 2013 the exhibition toured art fairs, galleries and museums all over Europe. The Metal Skin tour culminated in September 2013 in the Museu Diocesà in Barcelona.

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