Joan Miró was born the son of a goldsmith and jewelry maker in Barcelona, Spain. He studied art at the Barcelona School of Fine Art and the Academy Gali. In 1921, he moved to Paris where he met the great masters such as Picasso. In 1924 he joined the circle of the Surrealist theorist Andre Breton which changed his style of painting. By 1930 he had developed his own style, which is characterized by brilliant colors combined with simplified forms.