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Wifredo Lam
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Artist
    (December 8, 1902-September 11, 1982)
    Born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba
    Full name was Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla
    Son of a Chinese immigrant father and mulatto mother
    Fused Cubism, surrealism, and traditional Afro-Cuban Art into his works
    Attended Escuela de Bella's Artes in Havana (1918-1923)
    Fought in Spanish Civil War on the side of the Republicans (1936-1937)
    Painted 'Mother and Child' (1939), 'Anamu' (1942), 'The Jungle' (1943), 'Lisa Mona' (1950), 'Zambezia, Zambezia' (1950), 'The Third World' (1965-1966), and 'The Shadow of Days' (1970)
    Awarded Guggenheim International Award (1964)
    Died in Paris
    Many of his works have dark and brooding themes.
    Some of his figures have horse-like heads.
    He divorced his second wife. (1950)
    Like many of his countrymen, he claimed to be a Catholic while still practicing Santería.
    'The Third World' was painted to show his support for Castro's regime.
    His wife and son died from tuberculosis, which explained the dark themes in his work. (1931)
    He made a lot of friends with other famous artists of his time, including Pablo Picasso.
    He depicted Afro-Cuban culture with dignity at a time when it was cheapened for tourism reasons.
    He sided with the common man in his paintings.

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