José Ruiz y Blasco, born Málaga, 1838, was a Spanish painter, an art teacher and the father of artist Pablo Picasso.
He was a teacher of drawing at the Escuela Provincial de Bellas Artes in Málaga and a painter who specialized in images of doves and pigeons.
He gave his son his first art lessons in 1888. In 1891 he moved to A Coruña and taught at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, where his son attended his ornamental drawing classes. In 1895 he moved to Barcelona and taught at the Escuela de Bellas Artes (“La Lonja”).
He died in 1913 at the age of 75.