“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” – Pablo Picasso
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
If Andy had to pick one artist who has had the greatest influence in his style, it would be Pablo Picasso. When Andy was in elementary school, he was introduced to Picasso’s work. He has admired and studied it ever since. It’s not a coincidence that many people have told Andy that his work reminds them of Picasso’s. Below are 7 similarities and differences between the two artists.
1. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. Andy Saczynski was born in England in 1977.
2. Picasso had four kids by different mothers. Andy has five by the same mother (yours truly).
3. Picasso produced approximately 1,885 paintings in his lifetime. Andy has documented almost 550 paintings, although this number doesn’t include pieces he completed in his youth.
4. Picasso used common house paint in many of his paintings. Andy does, too – specifically, the cheap “oops” paint at Home Depot and Lowe’s. My man is thrifty!
5. Picasso dated his works, often to the day. He explained: “I want to leave to posterity a documentation that will be as complete as possible. That’s why I put a date on everything I do.” Since Andy began his art career in 2010, we have documented every piece of his art. I like to think I do this for the same reason Picasso did.
6. Several paintings by Picasso rank among the most expensive paintings in the world. For example, Garçon à la pipe sold for $104 million in 2004. Let’s just say that Andy hasn’t quite hit that price point… yet? Ha!
7. More of Picasso’s paintings have been stolen than any other artist’s. To date, only one of Andy’s paintings has been stolen. Should we be flattered?
Below are two pieces of Andy’s art that were inspired by Pablo Picasso. Dora Maar with Jewelry & Flowers is still available. Contact Andy for information regarding purchase.
Dora Maar with Jewelry & Flowers
Jacqueline with Flowers & Curls