Salvador Dali

Spanish (1904 - 1989)
Salvador Dali Oiseau [Bird] 1928 © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2017.


Born 1904
Died 1989
Nationality Spanish
Birth place Figueras
Death place Figueras

Dalí was born in Catalonia, Spain. After being thrown out of art school in Madrid in 1923, he experimented with a range of styles. By 1927 he began to move away from Cubism towards Surrealism. He was a keen follower of developments in surrealist art and literature and met Miró, a fellow Catalan and Surrealist, in 1927. A talented self-publicist, Dalí cultivated his eccentric personality as carefully as his meticulous, academic technique, inspired by the Old Masters. In addition to being a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and designer, Dalí collaborated in the making of the first surrealist film, 'Un chien andalou' in 1929.

Glossary terms

  • A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.


Exhibition finished
Surreal Encounters | Collecting the Marvellous
  • 4 June 2016 to 11 September 2016
Modern One
Surrealism and the Marvellous
Modern Two