Salvador Dali was born in Figueres Spain in 1904 to Don Salvador Dali y Cuse and Felipa. One of the most important painters of the 20th century. He was a skilled draftsman, bestknown for the striking, bizarre, and beautiful images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Apart from painting, Dalí's output included sculpture, book illustration, jewellery design, and work for the theatre. In collaboration with the director Luis Buñuel he also made the first Surrealist films---Un chien andalou (1929) and L'Age d'or (1930)---and he contributed a dream sequence to Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945). He also wrote a novel, Hidden Faces (1944) and several volumes of flamboyant autobiography. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. There are museums devoted to Dalí's work in Figueras, his home town in Spain, and in St Petersburg in Florida.