(b. May 11, 1904 - Figueres, Spain / d. January 23, 1989 - Figueres, Spain)
"I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas. " -Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dalí is part of the famous Surrealist group, which emerged during the first-half of the 20th century in Europe. Surrealism is an art movement which questions reality itself. Many themes include dreams, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and the abject. Dalí worked among artists such as Man Ray, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, and René Magritte. They discussed philosophies on the boundaries of society and reality, and portrayed it through their art.
Dalí shows his inspirations by depicting humanoid and anthropomorphic forms in a hyperrealistic manner, with desert-like backgrounds to evoke a sense of emptiness in space. His paintings do not rationally make sense, yet they feel so real. He paints subjects such as an elephant with sky-high, pencil-thin legs; an open pomegranate floating in midair; or a tiger being swallowed by a goldfish. Dalí has a talent for convincing the viewer that an absolute parallel universe of chaos and psychedelic confusion exists right before our very eyes. As he himself has said, "“I don't do drugs. I am drugs."