Bio:Salvador Dali was one of the most controversial artists of the 20th century. Dali started his career as a
Cubist. He subsequently became involved with the
Surrealist movement although they criticized him for his extravagant lifestyle and his love of money.
His paintings are filled with images of violence, death and bizarre sexual practices. His parents believed he was the reincarnation of an earlier child, also called Salvador, who died a year earlier.
Dali's autobiography described the traumatic effects this belief had on his life, and whilst he had loving parents, this undoubtedly caused Dali long-term psychological problems.