Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989) was a Spanish Surrealist painter. Dalí’s artistic repertoire included painting, illustration, sculpture, film, photography, and poetry. His most famous work is The Persistence of Memory (1931), which features his trademark soft melting clocks.
Dalí was born in Figueres, Catalonia on May 11th 1904. His father, Salvador Dalí i Cusi, was a middle-class lawyer and notary; his mother, Felipa Domenech Ferrés, was a bourgeois housewife. In 1922 Dalí moved to Madrid to study at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His professors included Francisco Bores and Eugenio Granell.
Dalí experimented with many different styles of painting during his lifetime, including Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism. He is perhaps most famous for his Surrealist works, which often feature bizarre dreamlike images. Dalí was also an accomplished sculptor, filmmaker, and writer.
Dalí died on January 23rd, 1989 in Figueres, Catalonia. His body is buried beneath the Teatro-Museo Dalí in his hometown.