El Greco Biography
Birthday: October 1, 1541 (Libra)
Born In: Heraklion, Greece
Doménikos Theotokópoulos, better known by his nickname, “El Greco,” was a painter, architect, and sculptor who worked during the Spanish Renaissance in the middle ages. Born and raised in Candia (present-day Greece), Greco hailed from a prosperous business family. He received his early training in art from a post-Byzantine art school, and at the age of 26, he moved to Venice to pursue a career in art. In 1570, he settled in Rome, where he set up a workshop. He later moved to Toledo, Spain, where he stayed until his death. He created the most famous works of his life while he was in Spain and earned national and international acclaim as he got commissioned to make art-pieces for many hospitals and religious institutions. Some of his work included elements of expressionism and dramatics. This made some of his contemporaries become critical of him. In the 20th century, his work was met with humongous appreciation. He is remembered as a supremely unique artist who was not bound by any conventional school of art and had his own style of work. He passed away at the age of 70, in Toledo, Spain.