In 1916, at the age of 12, he went to the School of Fine Arts in Catalonia to study painting academically at his mother’s urging.
He was 14 years old when he held his first painting exhibition. Although people did not take his works seriously as a teenager. There were discussions and criticisms about him.
His paintings were in pencil and black ink, collected by his parents and displayed in an exhibition. Salvador’s parents were proud to have such an artistic son and were his mentors.
From the beginning, Dali was interested in drawing strange, unbelievable images. For example, he wore a man with long hair and a braided mustache, a long-sleeved coat and shorts, which went back to the past centuries’ models.
He soon turned to Cubism, but at the same time, he tried to become acquainted with the work and technique of the great masters. Of course, very few artists tended to Cubist style at that time in Madrid. Therefore, Dali could not move in this style with enough information and awareness.
Federico Garcia Lorca, one of Spain’s most famous painters and poets, shared his experience with Dali. They were close, intimate friends.
Dali was about to finish his studies when he got bored. He worked poorly and did not get good grades until his school expelled him in 1926, just before his final exams. It was as if Dali was feeling free. He wanted to pursue a new style and new idea and not be under the school’s siege, so he was happy that he had been fired and he opened a new chapter in his life.