Happy Birthday Joan Miro!! Abstract Surrealist was born in 1893 and along with Salvadore Dali, was known as the foremost Spanish Surrealist. He was part of the first Surrealist exhibition in 1925. His ideas came from childhood memories and his work became quite childlike. The spread of Fascism as well as the Spanish Civil War changed the face of Surrealism with some artists (including Miro) wishing to gain the independence of Picasso and others believed in imagination above reason. Miro also created sculpture, one I’ve seen is in Barcelona, Spain, near the waterfront. Some of his work has also been reproduced in mosaic tile, along the famed boulevard La Rambla in Barcelona. Miro’s work has been described as playful. The painting below called Person Throwing a Stone at a Bird demonstrates his lighthearted play.