Today (11th May) marks the birthday of the weird and wonderful Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The colourfully named Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (Salvador Dali for short!) was born on May 11 1904 in Figueres, Spain, and died on January 23 1989.
Best known and loved for his surrealist artwork and ridiculous facial hair (see above!), Dali delighted the art world with his wonderfully wacky paintings and sculptures that constantly pushed boundaries and challenged the norm.
Whilst his art was critically acclaimed, the eccentric Spaniard was know to irritate many who claimed that his crazy antics devalued the art that he created. Despite this, he remained un-swayed. He would regularly be spotted with his pet Ocelot, a dwarf leopard, rarely paid restaurant bills, choosing to draw on them instead, and communicated in a confusing concoction of French, Spanish, English and Catalan!
Indeed, Dali was one of the greatest artists ever to have graced this planet… and didn’t he know it! Here’s Salvador Dali on Salvador Dali:
‘Every morning, upon waking, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali?’
If none of the above has sparked your interest in our favourite Spanish surrealist then we just don’t know what will!
You can even check-out one of his most famous pieces right here in Glasgow. Dali’s ‘Christ of St John on the Cross’ hangs resplendent in the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and is a must for any art lover.
Happy Birthday, Salvador; we salute you!