Wifredo Lam, ‘The Family (La Familia)’, 1975, Cernuda Arte

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

2017
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Latin American Masters, Santa Monica
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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam, Tate Modern, London
2016
Wifredo Lam, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
2015
Wifredo Lam, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Latin American Masters, Santa Monica
2017
Latin American Modern, Leon Tovar Gallery, New York
2016
MOLAA At Twenty: 1996–2016, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Long Beach
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