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Original photo by Bernie Kaufmann

One of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century, Wifredo Lam developed a unique painting style that fused elements of Cubism, Surrealism, and Afro-Cuban culture. During his formative, extensive travels in Europe, Lam was mentored by Pablo Picasso, studied under an instructor who’d taught Salvador Dalí, and developed close ties with avant-garde artists including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miró. Born to a Chinese father and a mother of mixed African, European, and Indian heritage, Lam was also influenced by Santeria spiritual traditions, African masks, and Oceanic art. Many of his paintings were dominated by earthen hues and hybrid human-animal-vegetable figures with mask-like faces. Lam’s work has commanded seven figures on the secondary market and can be found in the collections of the Tate, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Reina Sofía. While he’s best known for his paintings, Lam also created sculptures, drawings, and prints.

High auction record
US$9.6m, Sotheby's, 2020
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Wifredo LamMuseo Reina Sofía
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo LamTate
2015
Wifredo LamCentre Pompidou
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Contemporary photomontage of exhibition view Bloodflames 1947. Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in front of Wifredo Lam’s Le présent éternel, 1944 (The eternal presence) recreated with Wifredo Lam's, La Réunion, 1 (Groupe),1942.

Location
Zurich, Zug, Aspen, New York
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Medium
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Original photo by Bernie Kaufmann

One of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century, Wifredo Lam developed a unique painting style that fused elements of Cubism, Surrealism, and Afro-Cuban culture. During his formative, extensive travels in Europe, Lam was mentored by Pablo Picasso, studied under an instructor who’d taught Salvador Dalí, and developed close ties with avant-garde artists including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Joan Miró. Born to a Chinese father and a mother of mixed African, European, and Indian heritage, Lam was also influenced by Santeria spiritual traditions, African masks, and Oceanic art. Many of his paintings were dominated by earthen hues and hybrid human-animal-vegetable figures with mask-like faces. Lam’s work has commanded seven figures on the secondary market and can be found in the collections of the Tate, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Reina Sofía. While he’s best known for his paintings, Lam also created sculptures, drawings, and prints.

High auction record
US$9.6m, Sotheby's, 2020
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, MALBA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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