During his lifetime, he produced more than 1,500 paintings, as well as illustrations for books and lithographs, he created artchitectural and literary works, sculptures, plus scenery and sets for theatrical productions, he collaborated on works with various photographers and fashion designers, including Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior and, in the film world, he was responsible – with Buñuel – for the short film « Un chien andalou », and for the short Disney cartoon « Destino ».
So without any further ado, here are 10 Facts on Salvador Dali, for lovers of this Spanish-Catalan surrealist painter, with his Velazquez moustache and wildly eccentric behaviour.
1/ He was born on May 11th 1904, Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí Domènech in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain to a middle-class family.
2/ He and his older brother, who died before he was born, had the same name.
3/ He dedicated his life to proving he was a genius.
4/ As a child he was frequently expelled from school.
5/ He liked his wife because she changed her clothes three times a day.
6/ He was afraid to expose his feet.
7/ To ward off evil spirits, he carried a piece of lucky driftwood around.
8/ When in public, he would jump up and down to get attention.
9/ He was kicked out of the official surrealist society in 1934.
10/ His nick name was Avida Dollars, which, roughly translated means « eager for dollars ».