Salvador Dalí Brought to Life Using AI

"Dalí Lives" is a new exhibit bringing the surrealist painter back to life using artificial intelligence technology — and takes selfies. Special thanks to The Dali Museum.

Salvadore Dalí Brought to Life Using AI

There is little doubt, Salvador Dalí would have been a major selfie king. With his upturned mustache and animated reactions, Dalí would have splashed our social media accounts with the best images and thanks to the technology innovation at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, he sort of will be. The museum teamed up with Goody, Silverstein & Partners to create a deepfake – in this case, a life-size recreation of the famed Spanish painter – for the Dalí Lives exhibit.

Salvadore Dalí has been resurrected using artificial intelligence (AI). This technology allows people to imagine for a moment the history and heritage that there is such a thing as immortality to see Dalí alive again. The deepfake video of the surrealist painter was created using over 6,000 frames, 1,000 hours of machine learning and a voice actor to recreate Dalí’s Spanish-French-English accent.

“In order to actually train this AI to reproduce Dalí’s likeness, we started with finding the right footage of Dalí and then we split that up into frames where his is looking the right way and we pick the best frames to use for training from that. How our system learns exactly what he looks like and how his mouth moves and how his eyes move and his eyebrows in every little detail about what makes Dalí, Dalí.” Nathan Shipley, Technical director details.

The Dalí Lives exhibit opened in May 2019 at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, on what would have been his 115th birthday.

On their way out, the AI Dalí offers to take a selfie with visitors.


05/16/2019 10:28 PMupdated: 05/16/2019 10:30 PM


  • Camila M.
    07/29/2020 20:40

    Asi no era Ni remotamente Dali

  • DeDe C.
    04/18/2020 19:35

    I would love to do this with my Dad. He’s been gone 4 yrs but I can still hear his voice.

  • Sibal J.
    07/09/2019 21:24

    The new definition of surrealism

  • Teri B.
    06/14/2019 02:14

    I have always love Dali

  • Niraj P.
    06/09/2019 17:05

  • Farjad F.
    06/01/2019 18:12

    There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. Salvador Dali

  • Imene D.
    05/31/2019 23:02

    😮😮 DaLi is alive That's just amazing

  • Небојша Ј.
    05/31/2019 13:58

    Svašta 😂

  • Esther G.
    05/30/2019 22:59

    Traduccion por favor

  • Jose L.
    05/30/2019 21:49

    So sad that there's no vídeos of this Dali speaking in spanish.

  • Ozan I.
    05/30/2019 20:38

    Time Machine movie

  • David S.
    05/30/2019 14:46

    The luck of bad painters!

  • Darío S.
    05/30/2019 02:47

    Dalí es el talento, pero Miró es el genio.

  • Πανος μ.
    05/30/2019 00:28

    The selfie part sucks

  • Ali N.
    05/29/2019 22:56

    You are alive Dali. ..

  • Héctor A.
    05/29/2019 17:21

    Mira canija ! Cuándo nos programamos de nuevo? 😀

  • Frevs S.
    05/29/2019 13:52

    that's a lot of gigabytes there

  • Jessie M.
    05/29/2019 11:46

    Dominador Laro Laroza

  • Teodoro Q.
    05/28/2019 14:44

    Exactamente lo q Dali quisiera

  • Sandra K.
    05/26/2019 19:22

    Muiti interessante

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