Salvador Dali (1904- 1989) Spanish artist Dali is considered one of the most impressive artists of the 20th Century, not only because of his art but of his eccentric character.
Salvador Dali was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Salvador Dali’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
Salvador Dali attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to a self-styled “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.
Salvador Dali was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics.