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(1902 - 1982)
Born to a black Cuban mother and a Chinese father in Cuba, Lam studied first at the Havana Escuela de Bellas Artes. Then, he painted during the Spanish baroque period in Madrid starting in 1924. In 1937, he went to Paris and was taken under Picasso’s wing. His first exhibition was held at the Galerie Pierre in 1938. He returned to Havana at the beginning of World War II, and based his style on jungle shapes. Works created from this style included Astral Harp (1944), Animal Papaya (1945), and Luguando Yombe (1950). Lam continued to travel between Paris, New York, Milan, and Havana, even into old age.