Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a Spanish surrealistic painter, illustrator and sculptor, known for his eccentric behaviour and his large, long and pointy moustache.
As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, he discovered Dadaism which remained an influence throughout his career. After moving to Paris he joined the Surrealists, becoming one of the principal figures of the movement. In 1940 he settled in the USA, became a Catholic - which inspired his symbolic religious paintings.
One of his best known paintings is The Persistence of Memory.
References to Zappa
On page 130 of Frank Zappa: A Biography by Barry Miles is claimed that Dali and Zappa once met each other. Journalist Eve Babitz had arranged a meeting between them in the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis, New York. Zappa wasn't allowed to enter without a tie, but Dali gave him one. During their meeting Zappa explained who the Mothers were and that they were about to rehearse in the studio. Dali wanted to witness their rehearsals and they decided to meet in the Ballon Farm. Unfortunately Zappa's manager Herb Cohen was unable to convince the manager of the club to let The Mothers in. Dali and his wife Gala took another taxi and left in disappointment back to the St. Regis. Zappa went back to Hotel Albert to have an angry discussion with the manager who destroyed this unique opportunity. 
One of the tracks on Trout Mask Replica is called "Dali's Car".
In the May 9, 1970 New Musical Express article Zappa – Outrageous Star Allan McDougall wrote: "... he [Zappa] spends most of his time in the basement, which is worth describing since there can be no other like it in the world. It is about the size of a tennis court. One wall is covered by a painting by Salvadore Dali, of a car on fire..."
- Barry Miles, Frank Zappa: A Biography, 2004, Atlantic Books, page 130.