Salvador Dali was born in Figueres Spain in 1904 to Don Salvador Dali y Cuse and Felipa. In 1907, his sister Ana Maria was born; she was his only sibling. At an early age Dali began his strange behavior, he was prone to tantrums, self-induced coughing fits and wet the bed until age eight, as he knew this upset his father. After a year at public school, Dali was still unable to read and write he was then sent to a Christian school, however that did not improve his scholastic abilities (BBC).
In 1914, German artist Sigfrid Burman gave Dali his first set of oil paints while the family was vacationing in Cadaques, Spain (daliprint). Five years later, Dali had his first public exhibition in the style of Cubism (duke). In the early 1920’s, his sister was his only female model. At this ti
me he was attending the Madrid Fine Arts school as his father wanted him to gain skill to become a teacher. Never the less they remained together for fifty-three years (BBC). It was here that he met Luis Burnel and Lorca who would eventually replace his sister as chief model (BBC). Salvador Dali went through many stylistic changes throughout his life and explored many mediums; the attached links offer many different works of this complex and slightly off kilter artist. According to this theory one should cultivate genuine delusion as in critical paranoia while keeping in the back of ones mind that the control of reason and will has been deliberate set aside. In 1937, he moved to Italy and was expelled from the Surrealist ranks by Brenton, this was because of his support for Franco during the Spanish Civil War. In the 1960"tms, he began publishing books and entered into a ten-year contract with the publisher Pierre Argillite to produce illustrations for several books (Duke). This was a busy year for Dali as he also wrote a screenplay for the Marx Brothers. It was around this time that he met and eloped with Gala Eluard, it is rumored that they never consummated their marriage, as Dali could not stand to be touched. In 1929 and 1930, Dali collaborated with his friend Louis Burnel on motion pictures enabling him to create jarring juxtapositions, these films were Un Chien Andalau (1929) and L"tmage"tmd"tmor (1930). He thought this reasoning should not only apply to art but also to ones daily life (Duke). These films were considered the surrealist style and L"tmage"tmd"tmor caused riots in the streets of Paris (BBC). In 1925, Dali had his first stand alone exhibit at the Galery of Dalmare (Duke). In 1981, Dali was diagnosed with Parkinson"tms disease, his wife Gala died the next year with Dali joining her in 1989 (Duke).