Salvador Dali´ discovered modern painting at the age of twelve, and the following year his father organized an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their family home. He had his first public exhibition in 1919 and entered art school in 1922. However, shortly before his final exams Dali´ was expelled when he stated that, no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him During one of his many trips to Paris in the late 1920s, Dali´ met and worked alongside artists such as Picasso, Miro and Magritte. Through his many artistic experimentations with Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism, and Futurism, Dali´ finally settled into and became the leader of Surrealism. In 1934, Dali´ was introduced to America by art dealer Julien Lev, where his exhibition, including the iconic painting Persistence of Memory, created an immediate sensation. Dali´ was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior.