|"Boum Boum Bird saying it's prayer at the onion skin head" by Joan Miro'.|
MIRO, Joan Born in Montroig, Catalonia, Spain, April 20, 1893. Studied at the School of Fine Arts and the Gali Academy in Barcelona. Had his first exhibition at Dalmau's in Barcelona in 1918, at which time he appeared to have been influenced by Van Gogh. Arrived in Paris in 19 19. Met Picasso and painted a series of Cubist still lifes. Had his first Paris exhibition at the Galerie Licorne in 1921. An anarchist, opposed to all rules and tradition, he discovered a kinship with the Surrealists. In 1924 he signed his first Surrealist picture "Terre Labouree," and, in 1925, participated in the exhibition of this group at the Galerie Pierre. Since then he has been considered one of the foremost representatives of Surrealism. With Max Ernst, he designed decors for the Ballets Russes production of Romeo and Juliette, and in 1 93 1 he did dehors for Jeux d'Enfants for the Ballets de Monte Carlo. In 1937 he painted a large mural for the Spanish Pavilion of the International Exposition in Paris. Forced by the war to return to Catalonia in 1940, he continued to paint, took up lithography, and collaborated with Artigas in the production of ceramics. He returned to France in 1944, and has since divided his time between Paris and Barcelona. He visited the United States in 1947 and executed a large mural for the Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati. Miro is represented in most of the museums of modern art throughout the world.