Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i DomÃ¨nech, 1st Marquis of PÃºbol (May 11, 1904 â€“ January 23, 1989) was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres.
DalÃ was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. DalÃ's expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."
"I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous."
"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision."
"The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot."
DalÃ 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.
DalÃ was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork.