Afrolatina Girl Celebrates Black History Month

'The_Jungle',_gouache_on_paper_painting_by_Wifredo_Lam,_1943,_Museum_of_Modern_Art

Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla

Hello mi gente, in honor of Black History month I thought it would be nice to showcase some prominent caribbean, and afro-latino/a figures each week. I will highlight at least one figure per week but if time permits, I will try to showcase more. Today’s figure is the surrealist painter, Wifredo Óscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla. He was born on December 8, 1902 in Sagua La Grande, Cuba to Yam Lam, a Chinese immigrant and Ana Serafina Castilla, a former slave of Congolese and Cuban descent. Lam originally intented to pursue a career in law but he became interested in botany and he decided to pursue painting and studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes and later in Madrid under Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor y Zaragoza, the curator of the Museo del Prado. Pictured here is one of his famous pictures titled The Jungle. In this painting Lam depicts the religious practice of Santería in Cuba. Lam died as an established and well-known artist on September 11, 1982.

Reference:

Alley, Ronald, “Wilfredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982)” moma.org. Oxford University Press, 2009. Web. 02 Feb. 2015. http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=3349

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