Happy Birthday Julio Gonzales!! This Cubist painter and sculptor was a Catalan (region in Spain) and born in 1876. He and his brother worked in their father’s metal shop during the day and by night took art classes in Barcelona. At age 24, he left Spain for Paris where he worked with various other artists. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the art world was his experimentation with welding for sculpture. He taught his process to Pablo Picasso and the two would subsequently work together on projects. The sculpture below is titled Cactus Man I.