Salvador Dali, Spanish Artist

On May 11, 1904, our contemporary world became more colorful and eccentric with the birth of artist Salvador Dali in Figueras, Spain.  Dali became one of the most influential and well-known painters of the 20th century – partly due to genius and partly due to his self-described exhibitionism and delight in shocking the public.  His antics were legendary; he rode to one press interview in a limousine full of cauliflower and once sent his horse to stand in for him at an exhibition.  His art was Surrealistic, which focused on un-concealing suppressed images from the unconscious to create new and fabulous realities.  (Image by New York Museum of Modern Art)