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In Figueres in Emporda, Spain, on May 11th 1904, Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech, the legendary Surrealist painter was born into a family of four. Starting at a young age he was encouraged to expand his creative mind by his mother, Flipa Domenech Ferres, a view that contrasted strongly with his father's, Salvador Dali i Cusi's, strong disciplinary ideals. From the age of five Dali was taken to visit his brother's grave, who had died during infancy of gastroenteritis just nine months prior to Dali's birth, he soon came to believe that he was the reincarnation of his older dead brother, something which is vividly visualised in many of Dali's works. Dali's younger sister, Ana Maria, published a book about him in 1949, aptly entitled "Dali As Seen By His Sister."

Growing up, Dali went to drawing school and in 1916, found a love for modern painting whilst on a vacational trip to Cadaques with the family of local artist Ramon Pichot. The following year, Dali's father set up an exhibition of Dali's works in their home, this was swiftly followed by Dali's first
public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres in 1919. Sadly, Dali's mother passed away from breast cancer in 1921 while Dali was still at the tender age of 16, his father remarried his late wife's sister with Dali taking affection to the marriage, respecting his aunt-now-mother greatly.

Upon reaching maturity, Dali moved to the Residencia de Estudiantes (Students' Residence) in Madrid and studied at the Academia de San Fernando (School of Fine Arts). Sadly even though Dali developed
a mastery for painting skills and experimented in multiple art movements including Cubism and Dada, he was expelled after being accused of triggering an unrest but was not deterred in his passion for Art. He travelled to Paris and met his revered idol Pablo Picasso, over the next few years taking on influences by many classical and contemporary artists including Picasso himself.

Meeting his primary inspiration and future wife, Gala, in 1929, Dali developed feelings for the Russian immigrant, despite her marriage to the surrealist poet paul Eluard.
Dali's father, upon hearing of his son's misdemeanors with Gala, was pushed to breaking point and finally snapped when Dali exhibited in Paris a drawing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ with the inscribed message "Sometimes, I spit for fun on my mother's portrait". Dali's father disowned him and threw him out onto the street.

Dali rented and bought a fisherman's cabin in a neaby bay at Port Lligat with Gala and eventually renovated it into a villa. Dali's father eventually came around to accept his son's lifestyle and love interest. Dali and Gala were secretly married in 1934 after living together for five years, followed by a public marriage in 1958. Despite the marriage, however, Dali often had affairs with younger individuals, often openly, Gala tolerated his lifestyle, secure in her position as his primary love interest.

Dali exhibited in New York in 1934 with great success but caused a huge upset when he and Gala dressed as the Lindbergh Baby and the Kidnapper to attend a friend's masquerade party, they publicly apologised but were scolded by their Surrealist social-circle upon returning to Paris. Dali was formally expelled from the group later on that year for his refusal to disassociate himself with Fascism but despite being removed from the Surrealised he stated "I myself am Surrealism."

Dali took part in the London International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 and delivered a lecture while wearing a diving suit and helmet used while deep-sea diving. Later on that year in a rage, Dali knocked over a projector at the Museum of Modern Art which featured his work, claiming that the
director Joseph Cornell had stolen his idea for the film, insinuating that he had stolen it from Dali's subconcious or dreams. The whole time the surrealists continued to berate and despise Dali who they viewed as having fallen into commercialism. As World War II began, Dali and Gala fled to the USA and lived there peacefully for eight years from 1940 onwards, returning once again to his roots in Catholicism but continuing to write. In 1941 Dali wrote a film scene for Jean Gabin entitled 'Moontide' and in 1942 he published his autobiography 'The Secret Life of Salvador Dali'.

Returning to Catalonia in in 1949, Dali lived and continued to paint, his work being featured in an exhibition named 'Homage to Surrealism' organized by Andrew Breton in 1959 and additionally was included in the International Surrealism Exhibition in New York the year later. At this point, Dali
reversed his confination in painting and began to experiment with a variety of unorthodox media, methods of producing artwork and art movements including but not limited to Bulletism, trompe l'oeil, visual puns, negative space and optical illusions. Dali also developed an apt focus on mathematics and the natural sciences during the 1950's.

Dali began work on the Teatro Museo (Dali Theatre & Museum) in 1960 in Figueres, finishing it in 1974 and focusing more of his time and effort on it than any prior or later projects. He also filmed an amusing TV advert for Lanvin chocolates in 1968 and designed the Chupa Chups logo the following year, multitasking designing an advertising campaign for the Eurovision Song Contest at
the same time.

Sadly, Dali's health crashed in 1980 after a nearing-senility Gala dosed him multiple times with a mix of unprescribed medicines, damaging his nervous system and triggering a parkinson-like syndrome, bringing an end to his painting abilities. As a gift for his title 'Marques de Dali de Pubol' bestowed on him by King Juan Carlos in 1982, Dali presented a drawing for the king, his last drawing and was visited on his deathbed by the king shortly afterwards, touched by his tenacity despite his terrible condition. Gala passed away on June 10th 1982 and after what appeared to be multiple suicide attempts by Dali, lived the last few years of his life peacefully in his Teatro Museo in Figueres,
surrounded by his loving friends and fellow artists. He was rushed to hospital in November 1988 after heart failure via a previously implanted pacemaker, after being visited by King Juan Carlos, he passed away on January 23rd 1989 whilst listening to his favourite record of Tristan and Isolde.

Dali was buried in the crypt of his Teatro Museo in Figueres, completing the circle of his life and returning finally in death to where he was originally born. His legacy continues in his paintings and works, depicting a truer side of Surrealism than any prior or later than him, the legendary Salvador Dali may lie deceased but the legend of Salvador Dali will forever live on.No Artworks Exists
     
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