Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Figures, Spain Growing up; Dali had a fear of his father. He would turn to his mother or servants for comfort. At the age of four Salvador Dali was sent to public school. However, he did not like the idea of being confined to a classroom all day. Most of his school time was spent day dreaming. When Dali's father found out that he was not doing well in school he put him into a private school. Here he was taught French, even though he spoke Catalan. French was the language that he used as an artist. He spent childhood summers in a fishing village near Cadaques. This were Dali's first art studio was built by his parents. A family friend, Ramon Pichot, helped Dali with his paintings, and was his mentor.
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Afterward, Dali moved back to his hometown and worked on more of his art. Art exhibits, in town, would show his work. Citizens liked to see his new paintings. Over time Dali's art became more and more distorted showing manipulation and decay. The community became horrified and the exhibits no longer took place.
In 1929, Salvador Dali went to Paris. While there the Surrealist members found his art interesting and wanted his as part of the group. Dali joined in on the Surrealist movement. Also in Paris, Dali met a woman named Gala. She was a married woman who was nine years older than him. The two became inseparable. They soon became married. Gala drove his to purse fame. Later on, Dali became obsessed with paranoia and began including it in his art. He used the paranoiac-critical method. At this point in Dali's life he had grown popularity and fame as a surrealist member. In 1939, Salvador Dali decided to end his membership with the surrealist group. Afterward, Dali focused on individual artwork and studied more about paranoia.
Salvador Dali and Gala moved to America due to the start of World War II. Americans has a popular interest in Dali's work. His paintings were in a multitude of exhibits throughout New York. After the dropping of the atomic bomb, Dali became interested in the power of the atom the dynamics physics. He incorporated some of this scientific knowledge into his artwork. Dali called this style of art 'Nuclear Mysticism'.
Within the last few years of Salvador Dali's life he spent less and less time painting. Major museums opened to display his art work, including some in Japan, France, and the United States. Salvador Dali died on January 23, 1989.
Salvador Dali's surrealist art has made an impact around the world and will continue for years to come.