Modern Masters Biographies
Salvador Dali Biography
About Salvador Dali
Salvador was born in a small town just outside of Barcelona called Figueres. Salvador’s older brother died just before he was born; he was also named Salvador. At an early age he was told that he was the reincarnation of his older brother - a story that planted a multitude of ideas in the young man’s head. His interest in art blossomed at a very early age, as well as his extravagant personality.
Pablo Picasso’s Biography
About Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso was considered one of the most influential artists of his time. He was a Spanish sculptor, painter, ceramist, stage designer, and printmaker. Pablo Picasso is actually credited with the creation of cubism, along with Georges Braque.
Theo Tobiasse Biography
Also known as Tobias Eidesas, Theo Tobiasse was born Jaffa, Israel on April 26th, 1927. He was a French painter, sculptor, artist, and plastic artist. Theo was the younger son of two Jews who lived under the Palestine mandate; this enabled them to live far away from the political upheavals and pogroms of Eastern Europe. At some point during their stay there, the family ran into financial difficulty and was forced to return home to Lithuania. Shortly thereafter they moved to Paris, a place where Tobiasse’ father was able to find work as a typographer.
Nicola Simbari Biography
About Nicola Simbari
Although he was born in Calabria (in San Lucido), Simbari was brought up in Rome by a father who was an architect for the Vatican. Simbari began his training in the arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and devoted himself entirely to painting at Via del Babuino - he had a studio at this location in Central Rome. One can notice the impact that an early exposure to architecture had on Simbari’s art by the architectural structures and geometric shapes that were incorporated into the majority of his paintings.
Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) Biography
Romain de Tirtoff otherwise known as Erte, the father of Art Deco, was born to a fairly distinguished family in Saint Petersburg Russia. Erte’s pseudonym comes from the French pronunciation of his initials (ɛʁ.te or Air Tay). He was considered a French artist despite his Russian birth because of his migration to France in the year 1912. It was in this same year that he decided to rename himself Erte rather than go by the name Erte; He did so in an effort to not embarrass his family who wanted him to follow in his father’s footsteps.