Dali, who was born in Figueras, Catalonia, is one of the best-known of the surrealist artists. Dali became affiliated with the group in the late 1920s, but in the 1930s, as the result of his curiosity about Nazism, fell into disfavor with them He moved to the United States and did not return to Spain until after the war. Dalis work was well-received in America. He addressed himself to religious themes around this time and painted some of his most famous pictures, such as The Crucifixion and The Last Supper. Dalis visual language, based on his unique perception of popular images and subjects, carried through to his vast graphic oeuvre. His flamboyance and his unusual business practices (he has been known to give his publisher signed blank sheets of paper) have caused him to be the center of much industry speculation.
The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation is a private cultural institution with the mission, as stated in its bylaws, “to promote, boost, divulge, lend prestige to, protect and defend in Spain and in any other country the artistic, cultural and intellectual oeuvre of the painter…”