Happy Birthday Antonio Tapies!! Born in 1923, in Barcelona, Antonio Tapies began studying law, but abandoned it for painting in 1943. Influenced by Joan Miro and Paul Klee, Tapies was originally a Surrealist, but moved toward a more informal artistic style and began incorporating other materials into his work, known as mixed media. This would be his most important contribution to the art world. He helped found the movement known as Dau-ul Set, and used clay, marble dust and other waste materials in his low relief “paintings”. He currently lives in Barcelona, where a museum has been established in his name.