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(b Sagua la Grande, 8 Dec. 1902; d Paris, 11 Sept. 1982). Cuban painter. His father was Chinese and his mother of mixed African, Indian, and European origin, and Lam's career was appropriately cosmopolitan. After studying in Havana, he settled in Madrid in 1924, then in 1938 moved to Paris, where he became a friend of Picasso. He also met André Breton (whose book Fata Morgana he illustrated in 1940) and in 1939 joined the Surrealists.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)