René Magritte was born in Belgium. When he was 12 years old, he took art lessons in a room above a candy store. Magritte wanted people to look at ordinary things in different ways— and he himself often painted everyday objects in funny or unexpected ways. Before he was able to make a living as a full-time artist, Magritte worked as a draftsman in a wallpaper factory, and then as a designer of posters and publicity. By the end of his life, he had become very a successful and well-known artist.