Salvador Dalí, born Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech, 1st marquis of Dalí de Púbol Figueres, 11 May 1904 - Figueres, 23 January 1989), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, writer, photographer, filmmaker, designer and screenwriter .
Blazon of Marquesses of Púbol, granted to Dalí by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Dalí was a skilled and virtuous painter, but also famous for the striking and bizarre images of his surrealist works. His peculiar pictorial touch was attributed to the influence that the masters of the Renaissance had on him. He made The Persistence of Memory, one of his most famous works, in 1931. Dalí's artistic talent found expression in various areas, including cinema, sculpture and photography, leading him to collaborate with artists from every sector.
He traced his "love for all that is golden and excessive, my passion for luxury and my fondness for oriental clothes" to a self-attributed "Arab descent", claiming that his ancestors descended from the Moors.
Dalí, gifted with a great imagination and with the habit of taking extravagant attitudes, irritated those who loved his art and annoyed his detractors, as his eccentric ways in some cases captured the attention more than his works.