Illustration by Maria Manhattan
Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figures, Catalonia, Spain. He received his first drawing lessons at ten and he was educated at the School of Fine Arts in Madrid. He was a painter, sculptor, graphic artist, filmmaker, and writer. In 1928, Dali went to Paris where he met Spanish painters Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro and established himself as a preeminent surrealist. By 1929, he realized that his personal style, mysterious dream imagery and use of detail, color and illusion could make him famous.
He spent time in America designing jewelry and fashion with Coco Chanel and making films with Alfred Hitchcock.