Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, the capital of the Empordá region in the beautiful northeast corner of Catalonia. Growing up he spent most of his time in the landscapes that would be featured in many of his works. Even from a young age he attended drawing classes and began painting by the time he was 15 years old. As Dalí got older he went on to study in Madrid and attended the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. It is there that he met fellow trailblazers such as Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca.
While Dalí had several exhibitions in Madrid and Barcelona, he was always in trouble at school. Subsequently, he was expelled from San Fernando in 1926. As with most turbulent times in his life, Salvador Dalí returned again to Figueres and his home region to devote himself to painting. Over time Dalí produced several publications and exhibitions until he eventually made his way to Paris where he joined a surrealist group led by André Breton. During the next ten years, Dalí developed his own unique style and established himself as a leader of the Surrealist movement.
Acclaim and Artistry
Dalí’s big break onto the global came when he showed his now-iconic, “The Persistence of Memory” at exhibitions in Paris and the United States. In the following years, Dalí’s paintings began to be shown more and more, moving away from being commissioned by his friends to being commissioned by fellow celebrities, as he was now one too.
Although much of the attention is given to his surrealist works and their experimental style, it is important to note that.he was first a master painter. Works such as “Panera del pa” exemplify his proficiency with classical methods. While the content of his paintings is unorthodox, his approach and the technical methods he used were quite traditional. As a longtime student of classical techniques, Dalí was able to apply this level of expertise and detail to his most groundbreaking works.
In addition to painting, Dalí was also a filmmaker, photographer, performer, sculptor, sketcher, and writer; he was an artist in every sense. While his paintings are now his most well remembered and famous works, during his time Dali was well-known for live displays along with his opulent and eccentric lifestyle.