Wifredo Lam

Wifredo Lam


Nationality: Cuban

Birth Place: Sagua la Grande (Villa Clara, Cuba)

Wifredo Lam was born as Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla on December 8, 1902 and died September 11, 1982. He was a well-traveled artist with a constantly changing medium and a gift for memorable images.

Wifredo Lam was a well-known Cuban artist with extensive experience in sculpting, painting and as a draughtsman. His sculpture was influenced by African culture and art, while early paintings were inspired by the modern Spanish realist traditions. His paintings eventually evolved to simpler and more decorative pieces that continued to maintain strong, insightful images even as his practices evolved.

Early works included "Landscape of Las Ventas," which was completed in 1926–1927, and a fascinating sculpture titled "The Jungle", which was completed in 1944. It is interesting to note that many of his later pieces were often darker and presented with associations of witchcraft or violence.

Near the end of his career, Wifredo Lam's sculptures frequently consisted of ceramics and metal castings and an occasional similarity to many of his earlier, darker paintings. It is believed that he was often inspired by his friendships with Picasso and Asger Jorn.

His unique familial background is likely to have impacted both his artistic expressions and his concepts of society. His multi-racial status exposed him to African, Chinese and Cuban beliefs, which also allowed him access to both Catholicism and African religious services during his formative years. In additions, his extensive traveling may have also have inspired his genius.


Wifredo Lam Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
WILFREDO LAM (Cuban 1902 - 1982) Sin Titolo, 1974 Oil on canvas 19.5in. x 27.5in Signed and dated lower right Conditi
WILFREDO LAM (Cuban 1902 - 1982) Sin Titolo, 1974 Oil on canvas 19.5in. x 27.5in Signed and dated lower right Conditi...
Lot 23592
Auction 620
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) Untitled Etching in colors 10-1/2 x 7 inches (26.7 x 17.8 cm) (image) Ed. 44/50 Signed and
Wifredo Lam (1902-1982)UntitledEtching in colors10-1/2 x 7 inches (26.7 x 17.8 cm) (image)Ed. 44/50Signed and ...
Lot 15104
Auction 191727
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) Poisson, 1959 Etching in colors 11 x 7-3/4 inches (27.9 x 19.7 cm) (image) 20-1/8 x 15-1/2 i
Wifredo Lam (1902-1982)Poisson, 1959Etching in colors11 x 7-3/4 inches (27.9 x 19.7 cm) (image)20-1/8 x 15-1/2 i...
Lot 13091
Auction 191736
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) Affiche avant lettre (pour l'exposition Galerie Joan Prats), 1976 Lithograph in colors...
Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982)Affiche avant lettre (pour l'exposition Galerie Joan Prats), 1976Lithograph in colors ...
Lot 62196
Auction 5285
Monday, June 12, 2017
Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) Untitled, from the Flight portfolio, 1971 Lithograph in colors on paper 25-3/4 x 1
Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982)Untitled, from the Flight portfolio, 1971Lithograph in colors on paper25-3/4 x 1...
Lot 66426
Auction 5239
Monday, February 22, 2016

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