Dali was born in May 11, 1904, in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain. His mother had been encouraging him to draw since the age of 5, and he began his first formal training in art at the Municipial Drawing School. As a young man, he attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid; but the then-rebellious Dali did not graduate as he was expelled for stating that no one in his faculty was competent enough to examine him.
Early recognition of Dali's talent came with his first one-man show held in Barcelona in 1925. He became internationally known when three of his paintings, including the Basket of Bread were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1928. By the time he reached his thirties, Dali was exploring the art of sculpture as a surrealist artist, in a search to effectively evoke aesthetic appreciation of an object with uncommonly used materials. Extensive symbolism can be found across all of his works, such as "soft watches" as they appear in Nobility of Time.
Dali's sculptures are exhibited around the world, including the Alameda Park in Marbella, Real C'ruclo Artistico Museum in Barcelona, Kew Gardens in London, Exchange Square in Hong Kong, The Shanghai Art Museum, and in the key financial district of Singapore.