Flamboyant, and eccentric persona. He dressed in the style

mischievous, undeniable skills of artistry, and a key factor of the surrealism
movement. He was born May 11th, 1904 in Figueres Catalonia, Spain. He enrolled
in different art schools, where he experimented with different types of art
styles. He later travelled and made connections with other artists which, in
turn, sparked his interest in the psychoanalytic methods of surrealism.

Salvador Dali lived with his mother, father, brother, and sister. They were a
middle-class family in the small town of Figueres just outside of Barcelona.

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His mother was very supportive of his artistic abilities and encouraged it. His
father was a lawyer and notary who also supported his artistry. He took his
first drawing class at the age of 10. His older brother died of gastroenteritis
when Dali was little. When Dali was 16, he lost his mother to breast cancer. He
described this as “the greatest blow I had experienced in my life.” His father,
who still encouraged his artistic abilities, hosted a solo exhibition in their
home of his charcoal drawings when he was 19. He later was enrolled into the
Madrid School of Fine Arts, where he experimented with art styles such as
impressionism and pointillism. In 1922, Dali enrolled in the Special Painting,
Sculpture, and Engraving School of San Fernando in Madrid. This is when he
discovered and embraced his  flamboyant
and eccentric persona. He dressed in the style of English aesthetes of the 19th
century. Artistically, he dabbled with many of the different art styles and
continued to progress his artistic skills. He made a lot of connections due to
his interest and involvement in a small group of artists whom which included
filmmaker and Luis Bunuel and poet Federico Garcia Lorca. The scene exposed
Dali to many different styles and some of the greatest minds of the time such
as Einstein and Stravinsky. He was later expelled from the San Fernando art
school after he insulted his professor during his final examination before
graduation. After his days at San Fernando were over, Dali took an enlightening
trip to Paris where he met the famous cubist artist Pablo Picasso. This spawned
his interests in what the Cubists were doing and this later moved onto an
interest in the Futurists attempts to recreate motion and show objects from all
angels. After that, he began his study of the psychoanalytic concepts of Freud,
which created the surrealist methods he is famous for. His first painting that
showed these concepts of a different reality, beautiful landscapes, and
symbolic imagery was his piece “Apparatus and Hand” (1927). With his new art
style, he conjured the unrealistic paintings of a dream-like state and pushed
the idea that life is the greatest form of art. His persistence to mine out his
inner thoughts to the core created the passion and purity of his surrealist
imagery and spawned the free-flowing ways of surrealism to its fullest. His
groundbreaking legacy will live forever, unforgotten, he was born an artist and
died a legend.