A left wing sympathizer, his life and work were strongly influenced by Marxist rhetoric. He worked in the medium of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking and created a distinctive and personal iconography by combining elements of the international avant garde such as Surrealism and Cubism, along with features of Afro-Cuban art. His iconic masterpiece is a large gouache on paper mounted on canvas depicting a group of hybrid figures entitled La Jungla (1943), which is a reference to the history of slavery in colonial Cuba. This piece was acquired by MoMA in 1945 and hangs next to Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. He died in Paris 1982 at the age of 80.
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