Runyan, Pablo (1925-2002)

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Runyan, Pablo (1925-2002)

Pablo Runyan Kelting was a Panamanian surrealist painter who lived in Paris and London before moving to Madrid from 1951 until his death in 2002. Runyan was the son of a famous doctor and a mother who specialized in the cultivation of bonsais, an art he continued in Spain. Born and raised in Panama, he moved in 1943 to New York, where he met writer Anaïs Nin, who became his protector. She helped him to get into the famous Art Academy Max Ernst. He also worked in cinema and theatre with personalities such as Luís Buñuel or Carlos Saura. Since 1970 he has devoted himself exclusively to painting. Due to his many connections, Runyan’s house became a meeting place for personalities of the arts, where actors like Ava Gardner visited him frequently. Runyan was a friend of Andre Breton, Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst, Ava Gardner and Leonard Bernstein.

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