Wifredo Lam

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Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla, known as Wifredo Lam (December 8, 1902–September 11, 1982) was a Cuban artist.


  • I thought back to Europe being invaded by the Nazi army with great sadness … For me, seeing Europe had been everything. When I came back to Cuba, I was taken aback by its nature, by the traditions of the Blacks, and by the transculturation of its African and Catholic religions. And so I began to orientate my paintings toward the African.
  • In the 1950s we were all hungry for travel and new experiences. There was something in the air: the end of World War Two was still fresh in our minds and everyone needed to find an opening up, a way to discover other countries.

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