He was born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain as Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domenèch, 1st Marquis of Púbol. He claimed that his ancestors were descended from the Moors who occupied Spain for nearly 800 years. His surrealistic paintings are striking and bizarre, often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. He used extensive symbolism in his work. As an example, the hallmark soft watches that first appear in The Persistance of Memory suggest Einstein´s theory that time is relative and not fixed. Dali was a versatile artist, not limiting himself only to painting. Some of his more popular artistic works are scupltures and other objects.
Salvador Dali (1904-1989)