Meet the Artist: Salvador Dali

By Alejandra Gonzalez

Spanish painter, sculptor, filmmaker, printmaker, and performance artist; Salvador Dali, remains one of the most celebrated artists of all time. Known for his surrealism work in the 20th century and his creation of strange creatures based off everyday objects that allow the unconsciousness to express itself, Salvador Dali inspired a new generation to use imaginative expression.

Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain to an atheist father and catholic mother. These different set of beliefs heavily influenced Dali’s worldview. As the years progressed, his parents caught on the talent he carried within, although his father did not support his ambitious, he continued to do what he was best at. After several trips to Paris, he met Andre Breton who exposed him to the world of Surrealism and held his first solo exhibit based on the movement. This was the beginning of his iconic boundary breaking art in every dimension.

He is best known for his piece, The Persistence of Memory, completed in 1931. Shown below,

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Oil on canvas – Museum of Modern Art, New York

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