Every morning when I awake, the greatest of joys is mine: that of being Salvador Dalí.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings
Salvador Dali (1904 -1989)
Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer. After passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists in 1929 and his talent for self-publicity rapidly made him the most famous representative of the movement. Throughout his life he cultivated eccentricity and exhibitionism (one of his most famous acts was appearing in a diving suit at the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936), claiming that this was the source of his creative energy.
His Pet Ocelot
Salvador Dali once visited a New York restaurant with his pet ocelot, which he tethered to a leg of the table while he ordered coffee. A middle-aged woman later walked by - and was horror-stricken by the animal.
Robert Pattison took on the role of Salvador Dali in the film Little Ashes and he remembers that he had to bare all in a room full of men.
Twilight vamp trades in his fangs for a surreal stache in Dali Goes to University, a.k.a. Paul Morrison's chronicle of the young life and loves of the legend, and his ultra-modern companions, filmmaker Luis Bunuel and Federico Garcia Lorca.