Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), one of the most celebrated artists of all time, was born in 1904 in Catalonia, Spain and received his formal fine arts education in Madrid. His life and work have made a profound impact on many significant artists across various movements, including Surrealism, pop art and contemporary art.
Dalí's best known work is The Persistence of Memory, a Surrealist oil on canvas, but his artistic repertoire was not limited to painting; he was also involved in graphic arts, film, sculpture, design, photography and writing. Primary themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science and his personal relationships.
In keeping with his eccentric and ostentatious personality, his work was highly unusual and exploratory, ushering in a new generation of imaginative expression. Dalí is widely known as a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, yet highly technical, dream-like imagery.
From his personal life to his professional endeavors, Dalí never ceased to take great risks, constantly examining how rich the universe could be when one dared to embrace pure, boundless creativity.
Dalí’s works are featured in countless private collections and museums, permanent and temporary traveling exhibitions, and there are two museums dedicated entirely to him.