Salvador Dali

Artist

Biography

  • OCCUPATION: Painter, Filmmaker, Writer
  • BIRTH DATE: May 11, 1904
  • DEATH DATE: January 23, 1989
  • EDUCATION: Academia de San Fernando
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Figueres, Spain
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Figueres, Spain
  • Full Name: Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali Y Domenech

Born Salvador Dalí on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. His father was a middle class lawyer and notary. Salvador's father had a strict disciplinary approach to raising children rearing which contrasted sharply with that of his mother. She often indulged young Salvador in his art and early eccentricities. It has been said that young Salvador was a precocious and intelligent child, prone to fits of anger against his parents and schoolmates. Dalí was subjected to furious acts of cruelty by more dominant students and his father. The elder Salvador wouldn't tolerate his son's outbursts or eccentricities, and punished him severely.

Dalí went to drawing school at the Colegio de Hermanos Maristas and the Instituto in 1916. He met Ramon Pichot, a local artist who frequently visited Paris. The next year, his father organized an exhibition of Salvador's charcoal drawings in the family home. By 1919, Dalí had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres.

Dalí enrolled in the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain.

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