Jorge R. Camacho Lazo (5.1.1934, Havana - 30.3.2011, Paris) was a Cuban painter of surrealism. In the late 1940s, through his friendship with the poet Carlos M. Luis, Camacho came into contact with European avant-garde art and became acquainted with works by Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, and Giorgio de Chirico. In 1953, Camacho traveled to Mexico, where he lived for a year and met the artist José Luis Cuevas - together they devoted themselves to intensive studies of Mayan culture. The exhibition about Wifredo Lam at the University of Havana in 1955 is considered today a major source of inspiration for Camacho. Furthermore, the influences of Rufino Tamayo and Francis Bacon can be recognized in his paintings.
In 1955 and 1958, Camacho had two exhibitions in Havana before moving to Paris in 1959. Once there, he was immediately enthusiastic about surrealism, which significantly shaped his works of art. In 1961, Camacho met the surrealist poet André Breton and entered the avant-garde circles of artists. Until his death in 2011, Camcho lived and worked in Paris as a painter, draftsman, sculptor, poet, and photographer.
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