Flamboyant,mischievous, undeniable skills of artistry, and a key factor of the surrealismmovement.
He was born May 11th, 1904 in Figueres Catalonia, Spain. He enrolledin different art schools, where he experimented with different types of artstyles. He later travelled and made connections with other artists which, inturn, sparked his interest in the psychoanalytic methods of surrealism.Salvador Dali lived with his mother, father, brother, and sister. They were amiddle-class family in the small town of Figueres just outside of Barcelona.His mother was very supportive of his artistic abilities and encouraged it. Hisfather was a lawyer and notary who also supported his artistry. He took hisfirst drawing class at the age of 10.
His older brother died of gastroenteritiswhen Dali was little. When Dali was 16, he lost his mother to breast cancer. Hedescribed this as “the greatest blow I had experienced in my life.” His father,who still encouraged his artistic abilities, hosted a solo exhibition in theirhome of his charcoal drawings when he was 19. He later was enrolled into theMadrid School of Fine Arts, where he experimented with art styles such asimpressionism and pointillism. In 1922, Dali enrolled in the Special Painting,Sculpture, and Engraving School of San Fernando in Madrid. This is when hediscovered and embraced his flamboyantand eccentric persona. He dressed in the style of English aesthetes of the 19thcentury.
Artistically, he dabbled with many of the different art styles andcontinued to progress his artistic skills. He made a lot of connections due tohis interest and involvement in a small group of artists whom which includedfilmmaker and Luis Bunuel and poet Federico Garcia Lorca. The scene exposedDali to many different styles and some of the greatest minds of the time suchas Einstein and Stravinsky. He was later expelled from the San Fernando artschool after he insulted his professor during his final examination beforegraduation.
After his days at San Fernando were over, Dali took an enlighteningtrip to Paris where he met the famous cubist artist Pablo Picasso. This spawnedhis interests in what the Cubists were doing and this later moved onto aninterest in the Futurists attempts to recreate motion and show objects from allangels. After that, he began his study of the psychoanalytic concepts of Freud,which created the surrealist methods he is famous for. His first painting thatshowed these concepts of a different reality, beautiful landscapes, andsymbolic imagery was his piece “Apparatus and Hand” (1927). With his new artstyle, he conjured the unrealistic paintings of a dream-like state and pushedthe idea that life is the greatest form of art. His persistence to mine out hisinner thoughts to the core created the passion and purity of his surrealistimagery and spawned the free-flowing ways of surrealism to its fullest.
Hisgroundbreaking legacy will live forever, unforgotten, he was born an artist anddied a legend.