Salvador Dali used surrealist techniques, primarily the paranoid critical transformation method, to achieve unique visual effects in his artwork. Salvador Dali developed his unique art style in the 1930s, basing his work on the concept of irrational knowledge. Salvador Dali arrived on the art scene during the Surrealist movement, and used his unique ability to achieve a paranoid and hallucinogenic state to create paintings and drawings showing altered interpretations of reality.
Salvador Dali developed the Surrealist technique of paranoia to explore the world of subconsciousness. Through this technique, Dali introduced new ways of looking at scenes and settings. Dali considered the paranoid critical transformation method a combination of irrationality and distorted perception. Dali, though not classified as insane, possessed the unique ability to engage in a self-induced paranoid or hallucinogenic state, without the use of drugs or alcohol. Dali often achieved these altered mental states while awake, although confessed to having vivid and exotic dreams too. Dali invited admirers and fellow artists to explore subconsciousness through his artwork. He expressed his unique visions primarily through oil paintings, which varied in size and complexity. His works include a combination of fantastical images, real objects and altered landscapes to create a surrealistic effect. Dali used light and shadow to create dramatic effect, and often featured women in his works.