By Elenio Pico
There are many different ways to look at a picture. One of the most beautiful and intense approaches is to paint it again. This is how Elenio Pico invites the reader to get to know the work of twenty-three pre-eminent artists from throughout history. He chooses a worthy detail from the long and complex life of each artist to tell to the reader. A book that doesn’t teach or explain: it impassions and excites, and wakes the artist within you! In this book, the graphic artist Elenio Pico pays tribute to the work of 23 painters from different eras and geographical regions. They are artists who, whether from recent or distant times, have not lost relevance and whose work is a constant source of inspiration. Elenio Pico aims to convey his enthusiasm and admiration to the reader. He invites readers to get to know each artist through an image in which he re-creates their work. He chooses a worthy detail from the artists’ complex lives to tell the reader. Based on the conviction that one of the most beautiful and intense ways of looking at a picture is to paint it again, Elenio Pico invites child and adult readers to make their own re-creations of the works, on the blank pages at the end of the book. Little stories of great painters is not a didactic or history-of-art book. It is a book that, above all, tries to convey the creative adventures of each artist, as told and represented by a contemporary artist. The idea is that the reader becomes part of these lives and a passionate observer of art. Authors Elenio Pico is an artist who specializes in drawing. He was born in Argentina and lives in Barcelona. He works in multiple fields of visual communication and has a special interest in the integral realization of books for children and art education. His proposals in the field of illustration received the Junceda prize awarded by the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalonia in 2007 and 2008. Canvas International Art in Amsterdam regularly exhibits his work. He has collaborated with the Instituto Europeo di Design since the foundation of its headquarters in Barcelona, and with the Escola Massana, Centre d´Art y Disseny in the same city. Cave painters, Aztec codices, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pieter Brueghel, Arcimboldo, Goya, Rousseau, Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Malévich, Modigliani, Xul Solar, Joaquín Torres García, Odilon Redon, Melchor María Mercado, Rembrandt, Seurat, Hokusai, Klimt, Juan Gris.