Happy Birthday Juan Gris!! This artist was a Cubist painter, from Madrid, Spain, born today, in 1887. He started his career by studying mechanical drawing and submitting his work to various newspapers. In 1906, he moved to Paris, becoming friends with other artists such as Henri Matisse, George Braque, and Fernand Leger. His focus became synthetic Cubism, using bright colors rather than the monochromatic palette of traditional Cubism.