Please email or share this article!

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was a Spanish painter. Here we take a look at 20 amazing and some funny facts about him just for fun or maybe you can use them for a school project. Enjoy!

Early Life

Salvador Dali was born on 11th May 1909 in Figueres, Spain.


His brother, who was also called Salvador, had died nine months before Dali was born. Dali, who was encouraged by his parents, believed that he was his brother in another form, and this was often seen in his work.

Dali went to drawing school and the first time his work was shown to the public was in 1917. It was a series of charcoal drawings and the exhibition was organized by his father.

This is terrible! His mother died in 1921 of cancer and he was extremely sad about it and it affected him badly.

Dali then moved to Madrid to study at the School of Fine Arts. He experimented with a type of painting called cubism, which means that the painting was made up with a whole lot of little cubes.

He got a reputation for being a bit eccentric or unusual!


Oh dear…he was expelled from the School of Fine Arts for causing some unrest! Clearly he was quite the naughty one.

Salvador in Paris

When he visited Paris he met the great Pablo Picasso! Wow.

Dali joined the Surrealist group in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris. Surrealism in art is more about dreamlike images as opposed to lifelike paintings.

He painted ‘The Persistence of Memory’, one of his most famous works, in 1931. It features the famous picture of the melting clock.


Dali and his wife, Gala, moved to America to escape World War 2. They lived there for 8 years.

When he returned to Paris after World War 2, he started experimenting with all sorts of things. He used optical illusions and also became interested in math and science. He was particularly interested in DNA. Wow, that’s pretty cool.

Now this might amaze you. He designed the Chupa Chups logo. How weird.


More Cool Salvador Dali Facts

Dali died of heart failure on 23rd January 1989 at the age of 84.

He often used strange images in his paintings like melting clocks, elephants, eggs, ants, snails and locusts. Now that’s rather strange.

He created more than 1500 paintings in his lifetime and also created drawings, illustrations, sculptures, short films and books.

He was extremely scared of grasshoppers!


He didn’t know how to count money.

When he was in public he used to jump up and down to get attention.

He was afraid to expose his feet.

More Famous Artists.