Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) was a painter, sculptor and great artist, icon of Spanish surrealism born in Figueres, Catalonia. He was one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the twentieth century and the most famous surrealist. Although he was remembered mainly for his pictorial production, in the course of his long career he successfully dedicated himself to sculpture, engraving, sculpture, fashion, advertising, writing and, perhaps most famously, cinema in his collaborations with Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock.
Dalí was famous for his extravagant personality and provocative role, as well as for his undeniable technical virtuosity. His paintings also show a fascination with classical and Renaissance art, clearly visible through his hyperrealist style and the religious symbolism of his later work.
Salvador Dalí is perhaps best known for his fusion watch painting, The Persistence of Memory.
Famous quotes by Salvador Dalí
I am not strange. I am simply not normal.
Everything upsets me, but nothing changes me.
For me, love must be ugly, appearance must be divine and death must be beautiful.
Every morning when I wake up, I again experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
A true artist is not someone inspired, but one who inspires others.
You have to create confusion systematically, free creativity. Everything that is contradictory creates life.
Those who want to imitate everything, produce nothing.
There comes a time in each person's life when they realize they love me.
Life is too short to go unnoticed.
Bad taste is creative. It is the domain of biology over intelligence.
Drawing is the honesty of art. There is no possibility of cheating. Is good or bad.
The only thing the world will never tire of is exaggeration.
Time is one of the few important things we have left.
Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take the other twenty-two for dreams.
The clown is not me, but that society so monstrously cynical and unconsciously naive that it plays a serious role to disguise its madness.
I am the first to be surprised and often the images I see appear on my canvas terrify me.
There is nothing more surreal than reality.
The only difference between a madman and me, is that the madman thinks he is not, while I know that I am.
We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images.
Do not be afraid of perfection, you will never reach it.
It is easy to recognize if man likes: the carpet must match with his eyebrows.
At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven he wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily since then.
Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.
I will be brief, I'm done.
While we are asleep in this world, we are awake in the other.
The repulsion is the sentry that keeps the door to everything we most desire.
If you want to interest others you have to provoke them.
I think life is a continuous party.
The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic feelings.
People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.
Progressive art can help people learn not only about the objective forces that act in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their inner lives. Ultimately, it can propel people towards social emancipation.
Start by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do whatever you want; Everyone will respect you.
When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman and produce an empty sound, there is little doubt about what is to blame.
Instead of stubbornly trying to use surrealism for subversion purposes, it is necessary to try to make surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you have a great talent, give, very early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right of the society you love. After that, be a snob.
Let the maze of wrinkles wrinkle on my forehead with the red-hot iron of my own life, let my hair whiten and my step becomes hesitant, on the condition that I can save the intelligence of my soul, let My childless formless soul, as it ages, assumes the rational and aesthetic forms of an architecture, let me learn everything that others cannot teach me, the only thing that life would be able to mark deeply on my skin!
The famous soft watches are nothing more than the tender, extravagant, lonely, paranoid critic of time and space.
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them completely. After that, they will be able to sublimate them.
Wars have never hurt anyone except the people who die.
Picasso is a painter, me too; Picasso is Spanish, me too; Picasso is a communist, neither am I.
I believe that the moment is near when, through a procedure of active paranoid thought, it will be possible to systematize the confusion and contribute to the total discredit of the world of reality.
I don't understand why, when I order grilled lobster in a restaurant, they never serve me a cooked phone.
Man cannot change or escape his time. The eye sees the present and the future.
Everything that is contradictory creates life.
I believe that the sweetest freedom for a man on earth is to be able to live, if he wishes, without having to work.
An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.
The important thing is to spread the confusion, not eliminate it.
Many people do not reach the eighties because they spend too much time in quarantine.
I will live forever. The geniuses do not die.
Eroticism, hallucinogenic drugs, nuclear science, the Gothic architecture of Gaudí, my love for gold. There is a common denominator in all this: God is present in everything. The same magic is at the heart of all things, and all paths lead to the same revelation: we are children of God, and the whole universe tends towards the perfection of humanity.
I want to perceive and understand the hidden powers and laws of things, to have them in my power.
The secret of my influence has always been that it was kept secret.
It is not necessary for the public to know if I am joking or if I am serious, nor is it necessary for me to know.
I am doing things that inspire me with deep emotion and I am trying to paint them honestly.
Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy, the joy of being Salvador Dalí, and I wonder in ecstasy: What wonderful things will this Salvador Dalí achieve today?
I would like the whole world to be my enemy. The intelligent people who are against me are very esteemed. The worst, the terrible, are the silly people who defend me.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, it is that the person becomes more similar to his portrait.
Forever, be you.
Right now I am the best. I do not say this by vanity. It's just that the rest is so bad.
The first man who compared the cheeks of a young woman with a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
I am a contradictory and paradoxical man.
Democratic societies are not suitable for the publication of revelations as thunderous as I usually do.
The genius has to pass madness and madness through genius.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles that limit our vision.
Don't bother being modern. Unfortunately, it's the only thing that, whatever you do, you can't help it.
Whatever happens, my audience should not know if I am cheating or serious; and I shouldn't know either. I am in a constant interrogation; When does the deep and philosophically valid Dalí begin, and where does the crazy and absurd Dalí end?
Painting is an infinitely tiny part of my personality.
Geniuses should never die, the progress of humanity depends on us.
God invented man, and man invented the metric system.
As man's highest mission on earth is to spiritualize everything, it is his particular excrement that most needs him.
Today, the taste for defect is such that only imperfections and especially ugliness seem great. When a Venus looks like a toad, contemporary pseudo-esthetes exclaim: It's strong, it's human!
Let my enemies devour each other.
All my knowledge, both of science and religion, I incorporate into the classical tradition of my painting.
Someday it will have to be officially admitted that what we have baptized as reality is an illusion even greater than the world of dreams.
Someone like me, who claimed to be a true madman, lived and organized with Pythagorean precision
It is easy or impossible.
The great wine requires a mad man to cultivate the vine, a wise man to take care of it, a lucid poet to do it, and a lover to drink it.
The scary and edible beauty is Art Nouveau architecture.
We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
Young people need many difficulties to achieve something ... If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre and collapses ignominiously.
There are some days when I think I will die from a satisfaction overdose.
The fact that I do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless.
Very little of what could happen happens.
I do not take drugs. I am the drug.
Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation. The accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the sublimation process. Everything that does not happen erotically is sublimated in the work of art.
If you understand a painting beforehand, you better not paint it.
The reason why some portraits do not resemble reality is because some people make no effort to look like their paintings.
The connoisseur does not drink wine but knows its secrets.
Everyone should take hashish, but only once.
I do not believe in my death.
You know that the worst is freedom. Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity. You know, Dalí spent two months in jail in Spain, and these two months were the most pleasant and happy of my life. Before my period in jail, I was always nervous, anxious. I didn't know if I should draw a picture, or maybe make a poem, or go to the movies or the theater, or catch a girl, or play with the children. People imprisoned me and my life became divine. Tremendous!
If I'm going to be more than average, if someone is going to remember me, then I have to go further, in art, in life, in everything!
In no way will I return to Mexico. I can't stand being in a more surreal country than my paintings.
The true painter must be able, with the most common things, to have the most unusual ideas.
The problem with today's youth is that one is no longer part of this.
The envy of other painters has always been a thermometer of my success.
The only difference between me and a madman is the fact that I am not angry.
Critical paranoid activity makes the world of delirium go to the plane of reality ...
If you refuse to study anatomy, the arts of drawing and perspective, the mathematics of aesthetics and the science of color, let me tell you that this is more a sign of laziness than genius.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
The true painter is one who is able to patiently paint a pear surrounded by the tumults of history.
There are only two bad things that can happen to you in life, being Pablo Picasso or not being Salvador Dalí.
The difference between false and true memories is the same as for jewelry: it is always the false ones that seem the most real, the brightest.
I was never a great painter because I was too smart.
I am a living and controlled delirium.