Born in Figueres, Spain in 1904, Dalí was a virtuoso and lauded for his technical skill as a painter from a young age. His pioneering spirit and boundless imagination was also accompanied by a reverence of tradition and a will for continuity. Dalí was the only surviving male child of a prosperous Catalan family that divided its time between Figueres and the coastal village of Cadaqués. He attended a prominent art academy in Madrid, and from his earliest years as an artist he exhibited his work widely, lectured, and wrote. In 1929 he joined the Surrealist movement becoming its most visible and controversial member. That year, Dalí met Gala Eluard when she visited him with her husband, the poet Paul Eluard. Subsequently, Gala became Dali’s wife, his muse, primary model, and life-long obsession.
Dalí consistently depicted the landscape of his homeland, one that became synonymous with the background of the imagination and of dreams. He forged in his long career a remarkable body of work, and his life demonstrates the richness of living creatively in every aspect of one’s existence.