José Van Roy Dalì was born in Perpignan, France. 

José started to paint at the age of sevenIn 1953 he attended a painting course and experimented the styles of Vermeer, Ingres, Turner, Courbet and Van Gogh. At a later stage he approached Impressionism and Pointillism but his destiny was fatally attracted by Surrealism. Since that time, he started to sign his works Van Roy to underline his distance from this artistic movement. As a young man he interrupped his studies and started his artistic independent life. 

In 1973, he met Barbara who, according to José, "had healed my madness with the corporeal reality of her love, and now she has to helped me to escape from the imaginary prison of my agonising selfishness."