Wifredo Lam, was a Cuban artist who sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Inspired by and in contact with some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, Lam melded his influences and created a unique style, which was ultimately characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures. Though he was predominantly a painter, he also worked with sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in his later life.
Published on Aug 4, 2016
Wifredo Lam was closely associated Pablo Picasso and members of the surrealist movement like André Breton. In this film the artist’s son recounts his father’s story and shares his memories.
His work poetically addresses themes of social injustice, nature and spirituality, and was greeted internationally with both consternation and acclaim. A witness to twentieth-century political upheaval throughout his long career – including the Spanish Civil War and the onset of World War II – Lam defined a new and unique way of painting for a post-colonial world. Lam’s work now brings a historical perspective to contemporary issues.
The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam is at Tate Modern, 14 September 2016 – 8 January 2017