A cubist is an artist who transforms natural shapes into exaggerated geometric ones. Pablo Picasso is the most famous of all cubist painters.
Starting in the early 20th century, the art movement known as cubism began in Western Europe. Cubists attempted to show many perspectives at once in their work by breaking down their subjects into sections and then representing them as small, flat blocks. Cubist comes from cubism, which was coined after a French art critic dismissed their “bizarreries cubiques,” or “cubic oddities.”