Savador Dali

(1904-1989)

Biography

Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904. He was an extremely important Surrealist painter in the twentieth century. He was known for his striking and bizarre works. His most well known piece is The Persistence of Memory which includes melting clocks and ants. Some claim that this image came from Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in which time and space are combined
In addition to painting he also was a sculptor and a lithographer. His sculptures and prints are similar to his paintings in that they are bizarre and eccentric. Also he worked in a variety of media such as jewelry, clothes, furniture, stage sets and retail store displays. Finally he contributed to theater, fashion and photography.
Dali was a very eccentric person. He cultivated an image which was striking and bold. His flamboyant moustache was a trade-mark signature.
Dali achieved much fame during life, and he was commercially successful as an artist. He was financially very well off because of his work, and he was artistically prolific.
Dali was sixteen years old when his mother died. He then met Gala his lifelong partner in August of 1929. She was ten years his senior, and he married her in January of 1934. His father did not approve of their relationship, but eventually grew reconciled to it. Dali and Gala left Europe in 1940 to New York before the start of World War II. His arrival in New York help place it at the center of a world of art.
After WW II he spent much of his later years in Spain while travelling to Paris and New York during the winters. During this time he had many exhibitions and displays of his work.
His wife Gala died on June 10, 1982. Her death devastated Dali, and he never quite recovered from it. Salvador Dali died on January 23, 1989.