There are many wonderful artists, whose works scare us and amaze us at the same time. I read a biography of one of such artists a couple of days ago and I really want to share it with you. The name of the person whose life story shocked me is Salvador Dali. If you are curious about him too but don’t have time to read a huge article about him in Wikipedia, you may want to read my brief summary.

Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech.

He was a Spanish surrealist painter, sculptor, writer and movie director. Photography was also one of the spheres he worked in. He was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain. He had an older sister and an older brother who died before he was born. Later his parents told him he was his brother’s reincarnation.

As a child, Dali was very mischievous and stubborn. He used to get what he wanted by starting huge scandals. Eccentric that he was, he needed emotional contacts with other children, even if it involved fights. He was different and many other children picked at him and tried to scare him (e.g. they new he had a fear of grasshoppers).

When he was 16, he lost his mother, who he loved dearly, to breast cancer. His father married his aunt and Dali didn’t disapprove it, for he had very warm feelings for his aunt.

He used to study at San Fernando School of Fine Arts, in Madrid. He was expelled because was disrespectful towards his teachers and was accused in starting an unrest.

In 1929 Dali joins the group of surrealists. A little later he and his father have a period of falling out. His father disapproved of his marriage: Dali married a woman named Gala (Elena Ivanovna Diakonova). When they met, she was married to his friend – Paul Éluard (french). At the same time she was seeing other poets and painters, and Salvador Dali was one of them. No wonder the father disapproved. Nontheless, such behavior was common for a woman from those circles at that period of time. When Dali realized he stole the lady away from his friend, he drew his portrait as an ‘i am sorry’.

As i already said, his father didn’t like Gaga, but the last straw was Saldador Dali’s words ‘Sometimes I Spit with Pleasure on the Portrait of my Mother’ written on one of his paintings. His father cherished the memory of his dead wife and couldn’t forgive such a thing, so he kicked Dali out of his house. Giving that Dali was very impulsive and liked to provoke others, draw everyone’s attention, he did some things he didn’t mean. Writing such words about his mother was one of such things. After the fight with his father he got very angry and sent him sperm with the words ‘this is all that I awe you’. Nonetheless, later he admitted that loved his father a lot and was grateful for his patience.

Dali worked with Walt Disney (cartoon “Destino”) and Alfred Hitchcock (“Spellbound”). The famous logo of Chupa Chups lollipop is created by Dali. It took him about an hour to make it up: he draw a flower that now is slightly changed but still well-known.

His relationship with Gala was difficult. She affected his work, talked him into drawing paintings that are more understandable for the wide audience (1920-30 years), she was with him through thick and thin, but she always had someone on the side. In 1968 Dali bought her here own castle and didn’t have a right to visit without her permission. In 1981 Dali starts suffering from Parkinson disease, in 1982 Gala dies.

In 1989 Dali dies after a heart attack.

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