THE PICASSO OF CUBA
The First Great Artist of Neo-African Painting
LAM, WILFREDO (1902-1982). Full name is Wilfredo Oscar de la Conception Lam y Castilla. Afro-Cuban, sometimes called “The Picasso of Cuba”. Born in Cuba and studied at Habana School of Fine Arts (1920-1923). Moved to Madrid and then to Paris in 1938 where he met Picasso., Andre Breton and Max Ernst. Lam fled Europe in 1941 on the same boat as Andre Breton. From 1947-52 he lived in Cuba, New York and Paris. Picasso and Breton encouraged Lam to join the Surrealist movement. Lam was hailed as a Champion of the renewal of African Visual Art and the First Great Artist of Neo-African painting. His pictures make use of folklore and include totems, voodoo and jungle scenes. Many of his works include tortured human like imagery.
Original pen & ink drawing of a woman (untitled) half length, wearing an ornate hat with ribbons and an ornate blouse. Overall size 5.5”x7”. image size 3.25”x2.25”. Signed by Lam with an exceptionally large signature and dated by the artist “Habana 1954”. A very scarce autograph, seldom offered......... $4,900.00