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Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age, Dalí was encouraged to practice his art and would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí’s first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. The rise of fascist leader Francisco Franco in Spain led to the artist’s expulsion from the Surrealist movement, but that didn’t stop him from painting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.

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Andy Warhol is an icon of the American Pop Art movement is as famous for his public personality as for the value of his artistic concepts. He lived and worked most of his life in New York as an illustrator, commercial artist and designer of window displays. In the 1960s he gravitated to the Pop Art movement. Influenced by the consumer culture Warhol created repetitive images of Pop culture icons such as Coca Cola and Campbell’s Soup and famous people including Chairman Mao, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Born 1928 Died 1987.

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Joan Miró early work was influenced by Fauvism. Later he was influenced by fellow Spaniard Pablo Picasso. Although his association with the Surrealists in Paris influenced his primitive style, Miró declined to join any artist’s group to remain free to experiment with any style . He was also a ceramist and painted on glass windows. Miró’s mythology-imagery inspired Alexander Calder. Born 1893 – Died 1983.

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Pablo Picasso was the genius founder of Modern Art. A Surrealist, he is most associated withCubism, a style he pioneered with Georges Braque. Picasso created paintings, drawings, etchings, sculpture and ceramics at an incredible pace. Born 1881 Died 1973.

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Maurits Cornelis Escher, born in Leeuwarden, 17 june 1898, received his first instruction in drawing at the secondary school in Arnhem, by F.W. van der Haagen, who helped him to develop his graphic aptitude by teaching in the technique of the linoleum cut. From 1919 to 1922 he studied at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, where he was instructed in the graphic techniques by S. Jessurun de Mesquita, whose strong personality greatly influenced Escher’s further development as graphic artist. In 1922 he went to Italy and 1924 settled in Rome. During his 10 year stay in Italy he made many study-tours, visiting Abruzzia, the Amalfi coast, Calabria, Sicily, Corsica and Spain. In 1934 he left Italy, spent two years in Switzerland and five years in Brussels before settling in Baarn (Holland) in 1941, where he died on March 27, 1972, at the age of 73.

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Erté was the pseudonym of Romain de Tirtoff, a Russian-born French artist. Erté moved to Paris to follow a carrer as a designer. He is best known for the elegant fashion designs of the Art Deco period. His designs appeared in Haprer’s Bazaar and his costumes in many Hollywood movies and stage productions. The 1960s Art Deco revival brought renewed interestin Erté’s work and he then produced works in bronze, wearable art and limited edition prints. Born 1892 Died 1990.

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Jim Dine- was an icon of American Pop Art, Dine’s Dada-influenced work combined household and found objects to create mixed-media collages or assemblages sometimes combined with paintings. Dine’s work was included in the revolutionary Pop Art exhibit at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962 with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and other Pop Art pioneers. In the 1970s Dine’s style became more representational in etchings, print works and paintings. Born 1935.

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Gil Bruvel apprenticed at an art restoration workshop where he learned techniques and styles of the 15th through 20th century. Bruvel’s imagination and study of mythology, cosmogony, astronomy and Ancient Sanskrit led to the development of the Surrealistic style he calls “visionary” and which he expresses in his paintings, sculptures and fine art prints. Born 1959.

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Romero Britto is a Brazilian born Pop artist who combines cheerful images, lively colors and facets of Pop art, graffiti with Cubism. Living in Miami for 25 years, Britto is one of the most famous living Pop artists. He paints, serigraphs and sculpts and has made portraits of many famous people including Dustin Hoffman, Gloria Estefan and Andre Agassi.
Britto, who is internationally acclaimed, was invited to exhibit his painting “Journey” at the Louvre in December 2008 and recently presented the King and Queen of Spain with the portrait they commissioned. Britto’s whimsical style is constantly in demand by companies worldwide for advertising, murals and other public art. His work is widely collected.

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Marc Chagall was influenced by avant-garde poets and young Expressionist, Abstract and Cubist painters he met in Paris. His sombre palette was affected by Impressionism and Fauvism. Although influenced by Expressionism and Cubism, Chagall’s images of bouquets, flying lovers and rooftop fiddler’s and painterly style made him unique and a major influence on the 20th Century School of Paris. Born 1887 Died 1985.

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Alexander Calder is best known for originating kinetic sculptures called “mobiles” and later for static sculptures called “stabiles”. Calder was influenced by Mondrian and Miro, adding elements of Abstraction and Surrealism to his work. Calder worked in many media creating jewelry, etchings, serigraphs and other print works and oil paintings. Born 1898 Died 1976.

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Fernando Botero – Born in 1932 in Columbia, Botero called himself “the most Columbian of Columbian artists”. His abstract work is known for the exaggerated proportions of people and animals. His paintings and drawings of landscapes, still-life are fundamentally abstract in color, shape and proportion. His work is influenced by social commentary as well as his Columbian experience.

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Karel Appel was a Dutch Abstract Expressionist who painted colorful and tumultous works of primitive expression from a child’s view. Appel was also a noted graphic artist, creamist and sculptor. Born 1921 Died 2006.

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