Wifredo Lam, painter, was born in Cuba 1902 and died in Paris 1982. He studied Fine Arts in Havana. He later moved to Madrid.
His friendship with Pablo Picasso and the surrealist painters and poets strongly marked his painting, initially decanted by the dream images and fantastic elements and poetic, and emotionally matured into an abstraction to conclude in a fully lyrical expressionism.
On the occasion of the European war he was forced to return to Cuba, which definitely enriched the painter. On one hand led to the rediscovery of African-Caribbean culture and at the same time was associated with the Surrealists in those years made landfall in the Caribbean. Within the universe cubist and constructivist, Lam followed a unique line of great clarity of expression.
In 1943 he exhibited at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York his book The Jungle, which was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art.
He also produced numerous murals for the University City of Caracas and the Workers’ Retirement Havana.