Les Noces (The Wedding)

About Wifredo Lam

A major early 20th-century painter, Wifredo Lam fused elements of Cubism and Surrealism with African culture in paintings that were exhibited alongside those of Pablo Picasso and other Cubists and Fauvists. A native Cuban, Lam hailed from Chinese, European, Indian, and mixed-African descent, and he was deeply influenced by African spiritual practices such as Santeria. He studied in Spain under the same teacher as Salvador Dalí and became a friend of Picasso after moving to Paris in 1938. After returning to Havana in 1941, Lam began producing paintings that were dominated by hybridized human-animal-vegetal figures. There he produced his most famous work, The Jungle (1943), which depicted four grotesque figures with mask-like faces emerging from dense vegetation, and has drawn comparisons with Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica (1937).

Cuban, 1902-1982, Sagua La Grande, Cuba, based in Cuba

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam, Tate Modern, London
2016
Wifredo Lam, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
2016
MOLAA At Twenty: 1996–2016, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Long Beach
2015
Wifredo Lam, Centre Pompidou, Paris