Wifredo Lam

- Selected Works
- Biography

Wifredo Lam was Cuban artist best known for his unique Surrealist aesthetic that combined European artistic movements with the imagery of his native country.

Born Wifredo Oscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla on December 8, 1902 in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, the painter moved to Madrid, Spain in 1923 to study with Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor, who had also taught the noted Surrealist Salvador Dalí. Influenced by Joaquin Torres-García and Henri Matisse early in his life, Lam later moved to Paris after seeing an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s works while it was traveling through Spain. Picasso would introduce Lam to so-called Primitive Art, which would figure heavily into the paintings he made during the 1930s and after. Upon returning to Cuba, the artist infused his work with the mystical and religious imagery of his homeland: “I responded always to the presence of factors that emanated from our history and our geography, tropical flowers, and black culture,” Lam had said.

He died September 11, 1982 in Paris, France at the age of 79.

- Exhibitions
  • 2019

    Wifredo LAM, Le Feu Vert, 1974 - La Siempre Habana, Miami, FL

  • 2018

    Wilfredo Lam: Nouveau Nouveau Monde - galerie gmurzynska, Zurich

  • 2017

    The Drawings of Wifredo Lam: 1940-1955. From the personal collection of Juan Castillo Vázquez, Havana, Cuba, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, PA

  • 2016

    Wifredo Lam - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
    The EY Exhibition Wifredo Lam - Tate Modern, London
    Wifredo Lam and the poets - Millennium Museum, Beijing

  • 2015

    Wifredo Lam - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris
    Wifredo Lam: O Espírito Da Criação - Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba

  • 2012

    Fire Tongues - Galerie Gmurzynska - Zug, Zug
    Fire Tongues - Galerie Gmurzynska - St. Moritz, St. Moritz

  • 2010

    Voyages entre Caraïbes et avant-gardes de Wifredo Lam - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes

  • 2009

    Giro del mondo in 80 anni - Galleria Biasutti & Biasutti Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin

  • 2008

    Wifredo Lam - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL
    Wilfredo Lam - Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
    Wifredo Lam in North America - MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

  • 2007

    Wifredo Lam in North America - Haggerty Museum of Art - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
    Wifredo Lam. An Intimate Cartography - The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest

  • 2006

    Wifredo Lam - Orichas - Galerie Thessa Herold, Paris
    20 Works - Tresart, Coral Gables (Miami), FL
    Wifredo Lam: Cartografía íntima - Instituto Cervantes - Berlin, Berlin

  • 2005

    Wifredo Lam: Los años decisivos 1939 - 1947 - Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito

  • 2004

    Wilfredo Lam - Galerie Boulakia, Paris
    L'oiseau du possible - Galerie Boulakia, Paris

  • 2003

    Wilfredo Lam - Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  • 2002

    The Changing Image - Centennial Exhibition - Yokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, Yokohama

  • 1995

    Wifredo Lam - Drawings: Interlude Marseille - Latin American Masters, Beverly Hills, CA
    The Solo Exhibition of Wifredo Lam’s - Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
    Wilfredo Lam: Pasión y magia sobre el papel - MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, Santiago

  • 1993

    Wilfredo Lam – grafik - Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

  • 1992

    Wifredo Lam - Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
    Wifredo Lam - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

  • 1988

    Wilfredo Lam - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
    Wifredo Lam - K20 Grabbeplatz, Dusseldorf

  • 1987

    Presencia de Cuba. Tres obras de Wifredo Lam - Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

  • 1986

    Wifredo Lam - Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo

  • 1978

    Wifredo Lam: retrospective - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

  • 1970

    Wilfredo Lam - Gimpel Fils, London

  • 1967

    Wifredo Lam. Hjärtats snår, vapen, frukter - Moderna Museet, Stockholm

  • 1952

    Wilfredo Lam - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

  • 1944

    Wifredo Lam: Gouaches - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • 1939

    Wifredo Lam - Galerie Pierre, Paris

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