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Salvador Dalí

May 11, 1904 - January 23, 1989
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Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous surrealist artists who mastered many mediums, though his paintings and sculptures are the most famous. Born in Catalonia, Spain, Dalí showed interest in art from a young age. In the 1920s, he attended the San Fernando Academy of Art in Madrid before being expelled for refusing to take an exam and regarding his examiners as inadequate. He then traveled around Europe, testing out styles like Impressionism, Futurism, and Cubism before being introduced toSurrealism by Andre Breton, the father of Surrealism. Dalí began exhibiting his work in the 1930s. At the end of the decade, he delved into the psychoanalysis of psychologist Sigmund Freud; he was kicked from the Surrealist group after problems with his public behavior and apolitical stance on the Spanish Civil War. He spent the 1940s fleeing the disasters of World War II, and following its conclusion, continued to paint and exhibit his work in America and Europe. In the mid-1980s, Salvador Dalí was critically injured in a fire, leaving him immobile until his death five years later in 1989.

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