LAM Wifredo


      Wifredo Lam | Original graphics, lithographs, etchings, drawings and paintings


      "When I was little, my imagination scared me. I felt excluded, different from others. I don't know what it depended on. I've felt this way since childhood."



      Wifredo Lam (Sagua la Grande, 8 December 1902 - Paris, 11 September 1982) was a Cuban painter.

      Wifredo Lam was born in Sagua la Grande, a municipality located in the Cuban province of Villa Clara, the eighth son of a wealthy 84-year-old Chinese merchant and a mother of Afro-European origins. In early autumn 1923 he embarked for Spain where he lived for 14 years.

      In 1929 he married Eva Piris with whom he had a son. In 1931 Eva and her son died of tuberculosis. In 1938 Lam met Pablo Picasso and got to know the painter's friends (Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Paul Éluard, Georges Braque). In 1941 he left Europe for Cuba with André Breton who wished to go to New York. But, while he was thinking of finding his native island, he was interned for forty days on a small island in Martinique. Despite everything, he made the acquaintance of Aimé Césaire with whom he became a friend. After staying on the island for ten years, at the age of fifty, he moved permanently to Paris (often staying in Italy, in Albisola where he had a villa studio, and where he worked in ceramics), died in Paris, Fidel Castro in agreement with his wife Lou he fulfilled Wifredo Lam's wish to be buried in Cuba, also creating the WIFREDO LAM MUSEUM in Havana.

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