Born in Malaga (Spain) on 25 October 1881, Pablo Picasso began drawing at a young age under the guidance of his father, an art teacher. From 1895, he studied at the Fine Arts College in Barcelona, La Lonja, before moving to the Royal Acaedmy of San Fernando in Madrid. A great artist and key figure of twentieth century art, Picasso was a painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramicist. He moved to France in the early 1900s, spearheading the cubist movement with his friend Georges Braque. With his exceptional creative drive, he touched all currents of twentieth-century painting – surrealism, expressionism, neo-classicism – and became one of the uncontested masters of modern art. His work represents a crucial turning point between nineteenth-century tradition and contemporary art.