Mercurio is a statue by Salvador Dali depicting the Roman god Mercury located on the Avenida del Mar in Marbella. On the avenue you will find a collection of 10 of Salvador Dalí’s sculptures, cast in bronze and signed by his hand. While Dali had no direct connection to Marbella, it was a place he enjoyed for holiday visits and his art lives on there for everyone to enjoy, day and night.
Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age, Dalí was encouraged to practice his art and he went on to study in Madrid. In the 1920s he went to Paris where he met artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Miró, which led to Dalí’s first Surrealist phase.
He is best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, which shows melting clocks in a surreal landscape. While the rise of fascist leader Francisco Franco in Spain led to his expulsion from the country, it did not stop him from painting. Dalí died in Figueres in 1989.