The work of Wilfredo Lam brings together many elements- Latin American, African and Oceanic. He fuses them with the conventions of the European Modern Movement. His work often uses voodoo, folklore, totems and jungle scenes to provide a brooding sense of forbidden fruits. Lam was born in Cuba in 1902. He was once involved with the Surrealists who encouraged artists to follow the promptings of their unconscious minds to produce dream like images. Lam is considered one of the foremost Cuban artists and his work can be found in many major collections, both private and public.