Wifredo LAM

" I always respond to the presence of factors that emanate from our history and geography, tropical flowers and black culture."

 

The Cuban painter Wifredo Lam, of international renown, is the initiator of a mixed painting combining Western modernism and African or Caribbean symbols. He rubbed shoulders with all the avant-garde movements of his time - cubism, surrealism, CoBrA - which call for freedom, promote access to the unconscious or explore the marvelous, through graphic automatism. But Lam also faces the world's problems; in his work, he pursues the same struggle as his friend, Aimé Césaire: "To paint the drama of his country, the cause and the spirit of blacks". He thus invented a specific language, unique and original, to "defend the dignity of life" and "to salute Liberty".