’I do not do drugs, I am drugs.’’ Who else could say this quote except the most surrealistic man ever? No one! The person mentioned is Salvador Dali. He was one of the craziest, talented, most unique and flashy artists. He is mostly remembered by his significant mustache. He was mainly a painter, sculptor, photographer and film-maker.
He had the love of everything that is gilded and excessive. He had a passion for luxury and his love of oriental clothes is well-known. Dali enjoyed being himself, being unusual. He said once; “each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure that of being Salvador Dali.”
Dali was born on May 11,1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. While Dali’s childhood was passing in Catalonia, he started drawing and painting the seaside view from his family’s summer house in Cadaques. In the 1920s, he made several trips to Paris. During these trips, he discovered surrealism, which developed his strange personality under favour of Andre Breton.
In the 1930s he painted his most well-known painting, “Persistence of Memory”. He tried to explain that everything, even time, can be destroyed with this artwork.
In the same year, he wore a diving suit while he was giving his lecture at London’s International Surrealist exhibition, which made an overwhelming impression and resulted in Time magazine using his photo on their cover.
In the 1940s, he created two more of his well-known pieces, namely “Daddy Long Legs of the Evening” and “Madonna of Port Lliga”’. He also made the film “Destino”, with Walt Disney. Every aspect of these art pieces is fully surrealisic.
He wrote his Mystical Manifesto in the 1950s. It was about his personal paranoia and artistic transformation after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Furthermore, he made the ravishing piece, “The Royal Heart”, in which one can see Dali’s beating heart as a jeweled sculpture.
He painted his final masterpiece, “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea”, in 1975. The work features a strong element of optical illusion. If one looks at the painting from a distance, one sees portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
Dali made us all question if there is a point to being normal. Do we really like the kind of people we are? Can we be who we actually are? If you want to enjoy your life or if you want to say that I experience being myself anew every time I wake up, like Dali, we must escape and outrun our obstacles. Just add some craziness and ecstasy to yourl ife. Let the Dali be your guide.
Author: Alper Üstüntaş
Editor: Shy Zvouloun