Juan Gris was a Spanish painter and sculptor who was born in Madrid, Spain on March 23, 1887. His parents, Joseph Gris and Maria Perez, were both of Catalan descent. Juan had two sisters, Lola and Conchita. His early education took place at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Madrid.
Juan Gris began his career as an artist in 1906. He moved to Paris in 1910 and became acquainted with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. He began to develop his own style of painting, which was influenced by Cubism. His first solo exhibition took place in 1916.
During the 1920s, Juan Gris painted still lifes and landscapes. He also produced some sculpture. His work from this period is characterized by its use of geometric forms and muted colors.