Wifredo Lam

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Date of Birth December 8, 1902
Place of Birth Cuba
Date of Death Sep 11, 1982 (79)
Horoscope Sagittarius

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Wifredo Lam

Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla, better known as Wifredo Lam, was a Cuban artist who sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Inspired by and in contact with some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, e.g., Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Lam melded his influences and created a unique style, which was ultimately characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures. This distinguished visual style of his also influences a lot of artists. Though he was predominantly a painter, he also worked with sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in his later life.

Born: Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla, Sagua La Grande, Cuba
Died: (aged 79), Paris, France
Nationality: Cuban
Known for: Painting
Notable work: The Jungle (1943), Museum of Modern Art collection.
Spouse(s): Eva Piriz (1929-1931, her death), Helena Holzer (1944-1950), Lou Laurin (1960-1982, his death, 3 sons)
Awards: Guggenheim International Award

About Wifredo Lam

Cuban artist of Asian ancestry who was best known for his 1943 work "The Jungle." Also excelled in sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

Before Fame

He studied law in Havana before becoming an artist. He then was an art student from 1918 until 1923 at Escuela de Bellas Artes.


He was inspired by the Afro-Cuban spirit and culture, which he strove to convey and honor through his work.

Family Life

He had three sons with his Swedish wife Lou Laurin.


He was a contemporary of Diego Rivera.

Information related to Wifredo Lam

  • Cuban art - Cuban art is an exceptionally diverse cultural blend of African, South American, European and North American elements, reflecting the diverse demographic makeup of the island.
  • Cuban expatriates in Spain
  • Cuban expatriates in France
  • 20th-century Cuban painters
  • People of the Spanish Civil War
  • Surrealist artists
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Latest information about Wifredo Lam updated on October 30, 2020.

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