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
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  • 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.

  • Adrian M.
    03/05/2020 15:56

    Pero es imagen real hecha a color? Voz propia?

  • Rebecca M.
    02/03/2020 08:23


  • Amine M.
    02/02/2020 10:24

    He doesn't look or speak like dali

  • Marie-Jo K.
    02/02/2020 09:33

    mier mussen op St Petersburg dest Joer 😍😍

  • Rosaly Z.
    02/02/2020 06:38

    ¡Maravilloso! Dalí estaría extasiado. Hacia allá iré cuando visite Florida.

  • Olga K.
    02/02/2020 04:12


  • John C.
    01/31/2020 17:47

    I always liked your old ladies mustache!

  • Lytania B.
    01/31/2020 12:34

    ! wow!!

  • Sirine I.
    01/31/2020 08:48


  • Radhika S.
    01/31/2020 07:31

    a commendable job with technology

  • Jennifer F.
    01/31/2020 06:46

    Nice mustache 😆

  • Megan M.
    01/31/2020 06:20

    Considering you couldnt really understand a word he said in real life. He was so wild and out there and i absolutely love him for it. But this guy must be the fully comprehendable model..

  • Bruce J.
    01/31/2020 05:18

    I love this man♥️

  • Bianca Z.
    01/31/2020 02:49

    , , , o que deveriam ter feito com a Dercy para Popeyes!!!!

  • Sushant S.
    01/30/2020 22:34

    black mirror

  • Charles W.
    01/30/2020 20:38

    Having met Dali twice, I think I could do a decent imitation of that voice.

  • Hassen C.
    01/30/2020 19:56

    Gharssa Rabie

  • Carlos S.
    01/30/2020 19:34

    The Irishman ver. Museum

  • Titi A.
    01/30/2020 19:28