Spanish surrealist painter Salvadore Dali was born on May 11th 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. He is best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His artistic skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. However Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire also includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.When he was young His mother encouraged her son’s artistic endeavors and Dalí attended drawing school. He was also a skilled draughtsman, and In 1916, he also discovered modern painting on a summer vacation trip to Cadaqués with the family of Ramon Pichot, a local artist who made regular trips to Paris. The next year,
Dalí’s father organized an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their family home. He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres in 1919 Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to a self-styled “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behaviour. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem and to the irritation of his critics.
During his life Dalí was very prolific and produced over 1,500 paintings in his career in addition to producing illustrations for books, lithographs, designs for theatre sets and costumes, a great number of drawings, dozens of sculptures, and various other projects, including an animated short film for Disney. He also collaborated with director Jack Bond in 1965, creating a movie titled Dalí in New York. He has also been cited as major inspiration from many modern artists, such as Damien Hirst, Noel Fielding, Jeff Koons and most other modern surrealists. Salvador Dalí’s manic expression and famous moustache have made him something of a cultural icon for the bizarre & surreal. He has been portrayed on film by Robert Pattinson in Little Ashes, and Adrien Brody in Midnight in Paris. He was also parodied in a series of painting skits on Captain Kangaroo as “Salvador Silly” (played by Cosmo Allegretti) and in a Sesame Street muppet skit as “Salvador Dada” (an orange gold AM performed by Jim Henson).