Flamboyant, mischievous, undeniable skills of artistry, anda key factor of the surrealism movement. He was born May 11th, 1904 in FigueresCatalonia, Spain. He enrolled in different art schools, where he experimentedwith different types of art styles. He later travelled and made connectionswith other artists which, in turn, sparked his interest in the psychoanalyticmethods of surrealism. Salvador Dali lived with his mother, father, brother,and sister. They were a middle-class family in the small town of Figueres justoutside of Barcelona.
His mother was very supportive of his artistic abilitiesand encouraged it. His father was a lawyer and notary who also supported hisartistry. He took his first drawing class at the age of 10.
His older brotherdied of gastroenteritis when Dali was little. When Dali was 16, he lost hismother to breast cancer. He described this as “the greatest blow I hadexperienced in my life.” His father, who still encouraged his artisticabilities, hosted a solo exhibition in their home of his charcoal drawings whenhe was 19. He later was enrolled into the Madrid School of Fine Arts, where heexperimented with art styles such as impressionism and pointillism. In 1922,Dali enrolled in the Special Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving School of SanFernando in Madrid.
This is when he discovered and embraced his flamboyant and eccentric persona. He dressedin the style of English aesthetes of the 19th century. Artistically, he dabbledwith many of the different art styles and continued to progress his artisticskills. He made a lot of connections due to his interest and involvement in asmall group of artists whom which included filmmaker and Luis Bunuel and poetFederico Garcia Lorca. The scene exposed Dali to many different styles and someof the greatest minds of the time such as Einstein and Stravinsky.
He was laterexpelled from the San Fernando art school after he insulted his professorduring his final examination before graduation. After his days at San Fernandowere over, Dali took an enlightening trip to Paris where he met the famouscubist artist Pablo Picasso. This spawned his interests in what the Cubistswere doing and this later moved onto an interest in the Futurists attempts torecreate motion and show objects from all angels. After that, he began hisstudy of the psychoanalytic concepts of Freud, which created the surrealistmethods he is famous for.
His first painting that showed these concepts of adifferent reality, beautiful landscapes, and symbolic imagery was his piece”Apparatus and Hand” (1927). With his new art style, he conjured theunrealistic paintings of a dream-like state and pushed the idea that life isthe greatest form of art. His persistence to mine out his inner thoughts to thecore created the passion and purity of his surrealist imagery and spawned thefree-flowing ways of surrealism to its fullest. His groundbreaking legacy willlive forever, unforgotten, he was born an artist and died a legend.