Thursday, May 11, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Salvador Dali's Birthday

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

Today is the birthday of Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) or Salvador Dali, an artist as innovative as he was eccentric.  Dali was a painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic artist, set and fashion designer and writer, among many other things. Dali is most renowned as a founder of the Surrealist movement, and for his extensive use of symbolism in his painting, employing peculiar and unorthodox imagery as narrative features.

 Dali's grandiose behavior often distracted from his artistic virtuosity, much to the chagrin of his ardent supporters. In 1936, Dali nearly suffocated while delivering a lecture wearing a diving suit as a metaphor for delving deep into the human subconscious. Fortunately, the suit was pried off with a billiard cue and Dali went on to complete the lecture and live another 53 unconventional years. 

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