(Cuba, b. 1944)
Julio Larraz arrived in the United States from his native Cuba in 1961. He had his first solo exhibition at Pyramid Gallery, New York, in 1971 . His paintings combine realism and the fantastic. One thinks of his rendering of clouds, beautifully observed in their ephemeral magic. Also iconic, are Larraz’s paintings of the ocean, which explore the vastness of space, light and color. Larraz’s paintings may, according to his desire, convey the silence of an empty room or the buzzing excitement of a circus or bullfight. Another side of Larraz burlesques the rich and powerful. However varied his subjects or points of view, Larraz’s art remains rigorous and unmistakably his own.
Julio Larraz has exhibited internationally for over four decades. Among his many solo exhibitions : The New School For Social Research, New York, 1972; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogata, Colombia, 1986; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, 2005; and Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy, 2012. His paintings are included in important institutional collections world wide, including: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin , Texas; Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico; and Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.