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Dali, Salvador Felipe Jacinto

Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1989 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Painters

Spanish Catalan Surrealist painter


1904 – Born on the 11th of May in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain.


1916 – Dalí discovered modern painting on a summer vacation to Cadaqués with the family of Ramon Pichot.


1919 – He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres.


1921 – Dalí’s mother died of breast cancer when he was sixteen years old. His mother’s death "was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life.


1922 – Moved into the Residencia de estudiantes in Madrid and studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts.


1926 – Expelled from the academy shortly before his final exams.


1929 – He collaborated with the surrealistic film director Luis Buñuel on the short film Un chien andalou.


1931 – Painted one of his most famous works, The Persistence of Memory.


He became a friend to the historian and scientist Alexandre Deulofeu, also born in Empordà as himself.


1940 – As World War II started in Europe, Dalí and Gala moved to the United States.


1942 – He published his autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.


1949 – Dalí spent his remaining years back in his beloved Catalonia.


1960 – Worked on the Dalí Theatre and Museum in his hometown of Figueres.


1969 – He was responsible for creating the advertising aspect of the Eurovision Song Contest.


1982 – King Juan Carlos of Spain bestowed on Dalí the title Marquis of Pubol.


1989 – He died of heart failure at Figueres on 23rd of January, and was buried in the crypt of his Teatro Museo in Figueres.