DALI, Salvador

DALÍ I DOMÈNECH, Salvador (Figueras, Girona, 1904 – 1989).

Dalí discovered contemporary art in his early childhood during a family visit to Cadaqués. He was well known to the family of artist Ramón Pichot who regularly travelled to Paris.

Following the advice of Pichot, Dalí began to study art with Juan Núñez. In 1922, Dalí stayed at the prestigious Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid and began to study fine arts at the Academy of San Fernando. In 1926, before his final exams, he was expelled for claiming that there was no one qualified enough to examine him.

In that same year, Dali travelled to Paris for the first time. Here he met Picasso and laid down the features that would become distinctive of his work.During this period, Dalí regularly exhibited both in Barcelona and Paris, and joined the surrealist group movement in the Montparnasse district of Paris. In 1934, he arrived in America, thanks to the art dealer Julian Levy.

Following his first solo exhibition in New York his international artistry was firmly established, and went on to show his work and give lectures around the world. Most of his creations are at the Dalí Theatre- Museum Dali Figueras, and also at the Salvador Dalí Museum of St. Petersbug (Florida), Museum of Art Queen Sofia (Madrid), Salvador Dalí Gallery in Pacific Palisades (California), Espace Dalí of Montmartre (Paris) and Dalí Universe in London.