Wifredo Lam was born in Sagua La Grande, Villa Clara, Cuba in 1902.
At the age of 14, he attended Escuela de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba. Later, he attended The Academia San Alejandro.
In 1924 he moved to Madrid, Spain and attended the Free Academy.
In 1938, Lam moved to Paris, France and became associated with the Surrealists. He became friend with Picasso who introduced him to many of the leading artists of the time, such as Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, and Joan Miro.
In 1941 he moved back to Cuba where he continued his work for the next 10 years, when he received First Prize at the Salone Nacionale in Havana, Cuba. Some years later, he also received the Gold Medal for foreign painters in Premlo Lissone, Rome, Italy. In 1958, he was named a member of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in Fine Art in Chicago, IL. He was also awarded the Guggenheim International Award in New York City, as well as the Premio Marzotto in Milan, Italy.
He synthesized the Surrealist and Cubist strategies while incorporating the iconography and spirit of Afro-Cuban religion.
His most notable work, The Jungle, is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Lam died in Paris, France in 1982.
ARTIST: Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982)
WORK DATE: 1959
MEDIA: Oil on canvas
SIZE: 38″ x 34″