Pablo Ruiz Pariso

Polymer clay, steel, concrete, and creative fiction


The person behind this nose:

Pablo Ruiz Pariso was born on April 8, 1881 in Malaga Spain: the same city and the same date as Pablo Picasso. Pariso and Picasso became good friends despite Parisi’s serious facial defects. You see, his eyes were below his nose and his mouth and lips were above his nose. His eyebrows were thin for a Spaniard and followed the curve of his nose. The boys played together constantly, drawing pictures and making statues from mud. At age 7, they both began to take art lessons: figure drawing and oil painting.

Since they enjoyed the same birthday, they shared their presents: colored pencils, clay, and paper for drawing. In high school, Pablo Pariso was a far better artist than Pablo Picasso but there was no competition because they loved each other and just enjoyed doing things together.  

When in 1891, the Picasso family moved to Coruña, Pariso came with Picasso. Here, Picasso’s father worked as a professor at the School of Fine Arts. Both boys, now teen-agers continued painting and drawing. In 1895, when they were 13, Pablo Pariso and Pablo Picasso moved with the Picasso family to Barcelona and Picasso's father sent both boys to Madrid's Royal Academy of San Fernando, the famous art school. The boys complained about the formal method of instruction. They quit school and went off on their own studying the work of Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, Francisco Zurbarán, and El Greco.

They experimented with different techniques and styles for several years. In 1921, Pariso became very ill with typhoid. After he healed, he promised to help others with typhoid and decided to move to Ghana. Picasso begged to paint Pariso so that he could remember him. After much argument, Pariso gave in and allowed the painting. 

When Pariso left, Picasso went into a deep depression that lasted for three months during which time he did no painting. The painting of Pariso rested on his easel for the entire period and Picasso studied it every day. In the fall of that year, the famous art collector, Giuseppe Renaldo Barometer, visited Picasso in his studio. He saw the painting of Pariso and declared it a major breakthrough and a masterpiece.

From that point on Picasso carried his friend’s spirit with him in all of his paintings. Throughout his life, he knew that his success was mostly due to his dear friend, Pablo Ruiz Pariso.

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