Salvador Dali vs. The Matrix by Jon Rappoport August 22, 2016 Dali, the painter: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989). His self-appointed task: shake up reality. Make the impossible intrude on the ordinary. Expose and confound the critics and the press. Whenever the establishment tries to define who he is, become something else. The critics would have declared Dali a mental patient if he hadn’t had such formidable classical painting skills.