1902 - 1982, Cuba
Wifredo Lam was born on December 8th, 1902, in Sagua la Grande, Villa Clara, Cuba.
Between 1918 and 1920, Lam studied painting at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba. In 1923, Lam moved to Spain, where he remained until the late 1930s, he was deeply influenced by the modern Spanish realist tradition, but took a more simplified approach to this style. Lam is recognized as a precursor of a cross-cultural tendency merging the cultural inheritance of the African and Caribbean imageries with Western avant-garde movements such as cubism and surrealism.
The work of the international well-known Cuban painter Wifredo Lam has been exhibited extensively at Gary Nader gallery including Wifredo Lam. A Tribute, a One Man Show at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, Miami, FL, April 2 - May 28, 1993, and Wifredo Lam. Homage 100 Birthday, a One Man Show at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, FL, March 2002.
Lam’s works are in the collections of numerous public and private institutions around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, and the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels, among others.
Wifredo Lam died in Paris, France on September 11, 1982.