On May 11, one of the most extravagant, surrealist and mind-blowing artists of all times— Salvador Dalí! But, wait. It’s wrong to limit this man of many talents calling him only an artist as he was also a photographer, sculptor, printmaker and writer. He created more than 1500 paintings during his lifetime and many works in other mediums, including prints, drawings, sculpture, book illustration and theater set designs.
Fact 1: The young Salvador Dalí drew from an early age and was encouraged by his sympathetic mother, Felipa Domènech Ferrés. She died of cancer when the artist was just 16.
Fact 2: Dalí believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother, also named Salvador. His brother was born almost three years before him and died of a stomach problem just 9 months before the artist’s birth.
Fact 3: Dalí was Catholic, becoming increasingly religious as time went on. His religious views were a matter of interest. In interviews, Dalí revealed his mysticism. In his later years, while remaining a Roman Catholic, Salvador also claimed to be an agnostic.
Fact 4: Salvador Dalí frequently traveled with his pet ocelot Babou, even bringing it aboard the luxury ocean liner SS France.
Fact 5: Dalí was known to avoid paying tabs at restaurants by drawing on the checks he wrote. His theory was the restaurant would never want to cash such a valuable piece of art and he was usually correct.