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"Use all illusions to built your truth."

Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali was born in Figueras (Spain) in 1904. From 1921 until 1925, he studied at the Academy San Fernando of Madrid; he became friend with the poet Federico García Lorca and the film-maker Luis Buñuel there. His first personal exhibition is organized in 1925 (Gallery Dalmau, Barcelona), exhibition in which Picasso and Miro began being interested in his works.

Dali was influenced at first by the futurism, then by the cubism (1925). In April 1926, Dali made his first journey in Paris, where he visited Picasso. During a second journey in Paris in 1929, on the occasion of the shooting of the film of Buñuel "Un chien Andalou” (Dali is a co-writer), Miro introduced him into the surrealist group. Dali met André Breton and Gala, his future wife and muse (she was first Paul Eluard’s wife). He adhered to the surrealist group in 1929. Dali was then interested in the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and he worked out his method "paranoiac-critic". A that time, He painted, dreamlike and fantastical spaces full of symbolic elements: soft watches, crutches, fantastic animals, distorted persons. Although he was excluded in 1934 from the surrealists group, he still participated in the demonstrations and the surrealist exhibitions. Dali reinterpreted famous works, as the Angelus of Millet, several versions of which he gave. Breton nicknamed him "Avida Dollars"!

The last passion of Dali was the stereoscopic painting (1975) and he presented one of his first stereoscopic work in New York in 1978.