Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, October 1881 – 8 April 1973, known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune throughout his life, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th century art.
From an early age, Picasso displayed a passion for drawing. From the tender age of seven, Picasso began receiving formal training from his father. He drew the human body from casts made of plaster and various live models.
On one occasion the father found his son painting over his unfinished sketch of a pigeon. The sketching was too good to be ignored.
Pablo Picasso died on 8 April 1973 in Mougins, France, while he and his wife Jacqueline entertained friends for dinner. His final words were “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.”
From, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso