Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter who was a native of Spain. Apart from being a prolific painter he was also well recognised for other art forms such as sculpture, photography and filmmaking. Dali’s eccentric manner and flamboyant personality attracted much attention during his lifetime.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born in Figueres, Spain on May 11th 1904. He was interested in art from an early age and went on to study at an academy in Madrid. He lived in Paris for a time during the 1920’s where he interacted with other artists including Pablo Picasso. One of Dali’s best known paintings is The Persistence of Memory. The painting, which is owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, shows melting clocks in a landscape setting.
Salvador Dali died in his hometown of Figueres near the city of Barcelona in the year 1989 On This Day.