Wifredo Lam1965

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Development Bank

Wifredo Lam is an artist defined by hybridity and synthesis. Born in Sagua La Grande Cuba and of Chinese, Indian, European, and African descent, Lam’s cultural identity and artistic aesthetic, were heavily influenced by Cuba’s long history of immigration and diaspora. After moving to Europe in 1923 and being admitted into the most exclusive circles of the modernist movement (he developed a close relationship with Picasso), Lam cultivated a unique style that fused cubist technique with a surrealist vision and in fact became a member of the official Surrealist movement in Paris. Upon his return to Cuba in 1941, the culture and stories of Afro-Cuban communities, which at the time were marginalized in the country’s social framework, adopted a central presence in his artwork. The modernist style he refined in Europe was reshaped by the rich influence of Afro-Cuban imagery and symbolism. These works reflect the artist’s interest in exploring the complexity of Afro-Cuban culture and identity while still maintaining Lam’s signature Surrealist style and his exploration of the human psyche. “Untitled,” presents the signature hybrid figures composed of human, animal, and mask-like features that came to define the rest of his career.

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  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: Wifredo Lam
  • Date Created: 1965
  • Location: Cuba
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.38 x h27.13 in
  • Class: 2-dimensional
  • Type: print
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • Medium: charcoal and pastel on paper