Arguably one of the world’s most famous artists, Salvador
Dali was a Spanish painter renowned for his surreal creations and bizarre
Dali grew up in a strict environment, but although his
father never tolerated his outbursts and eccentricities, he always supported his
Dali was 16 when his mother died of breast cancer and the
event had a profound effect on him. In his autobiography The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, the artist wrote about some of
his strange and sometimes disturbing behaviors.
Passionate about understanding the subconscious, Dalí read
everything he could find on Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theories. In order
to access his subconscious and enhance his artistic creativity, Dali invented a
mental exercise which he called the “paranoiac – critical method”.
The exercise helped him create the paintings which made him
the world’s best-known Surrealist artist (including The Persistence of Memory – Dali’s most famous piece). Another
method that Dali used to perfect his art was studying some of the most
brilliant artists of his time.
From painting to movies, fashion and sculpture, Dali
mastered them all. Here are 18 Salvador Dali quotes on art, ambition and