Wifredo Lam

1902-1982

Wifredo Lam was a Cuban-born artist who attained fame for his work as a painter. A participant in the Modern Art movement, Lam studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain after leaving his native Havana. Lam’s Afro-Cuban ancestry, coupled with his sympathy towards the poor, underrepresented and oppressed inspired him to depict typically dark, emotionally intense images of people in struggle. Wifredo Lam enjoyed a long-standing friendship with famed artist Pablo Picasso, who often championed Lam’s work.