Julio Larraz (Cuban, born March 12, 1944) is a painter best known for his realistic depictions of everyday life in the Caribbean. Born in Havana, he fled to the United States in 1961. In 1964, he moved to New York and began drawing political caricatures that were published by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other newspapers. He learned painting techniques from several artists in New York, such as Burt Silverman (American, b.1928), and began painting full time in 1967. Some of the themes in Larraz’s work include still lifes, maritime scenes, bullfights, political generals, and businessmen. He often alludes to the corruption of political and social power, but the cropped compositions and obscured faces render the narratives of his paintings ambiguous. For example, in Above Suspicion (2007), a sinister-looking woman in sunglasses—who appears in many of Larraz’s paintings—is walking towards a black limousine surrounded by bodyguards and journalists. Larraz’s style is influenced by traditional Spanish painters, Surrealists, such as Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, 1888–1978), and early Modern European painters, particularly Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Larraz has also made sculptures, including a series of colorful busts of disfigured-looking emperors. His work is included in collections around the world, such as The Museo de Monterrey in Mexico, The World Bank in Washington, D.C., and The Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.

Timeline

1944
Born: Havana, Cuba.
1961
Moved to Miami, FL, USA
1962
Moved to Washington D.C., USA
1964
Moved to New York, NY, USA
Drew political caricatures which were published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and vogue magazine.
1967
Began working full time as a painter.
1971
Exhibited his first solo exhibition at the Pyramides Galleries in Washington, D.C., USA
1975
Awarded the Cintas Grant, Institute of International Education, New York, NY, USA
1976
Won awards by the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA
1977
Moved to San Patricio, NM, USA
1983
Moved to Paris, France
1997
Facts About Cuban Exile, FACE, Miami, FL, USA
Lives and works in Miami, FL, USA

Exhibitions

2013
Coming Home, Ascaso Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States (solo)
Julio Larraz, Galeria Duque Arango and Art of the World, Medellin, Colombia (solo)
“Omaggio Julio Larraz”Galleria D’arte Contini, Venezia, Italy (solo)
Julio Larraz, Marlborough Gallery Monaco. Monte Carlo, Monaco (solo)
Julio Larraz, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States (solo)
Art Miami, Ascaso Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States
FIA , Galeria de Arte Ascaso, Caracas, Venezuela
Art Southampton, Ascaso Gallery, Southampton, New York, United States
The Armory Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, United States
2012
Julio Larraz, The Victorian Museum, Rome, Italy (solo)
2011
Summer Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
Latin American Art from the Museum's Collection, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, United States.
2010
Julio Larraz, Contini Art Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo)
Julio Larraz, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2009
Recent Work: Julio Larraz, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery , New York, NY
Selected Works by Gallery Artists, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Miraggi – An Art Dialogue Between Exhibition and City, MiArt, Milan, Italy
Insights on Still Life: From Matisse & Picasso to Botero & Muños Vera, Gary Nader Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL, USA
2008
Omaggio a Julio Larraz, Galleria d’Arte Contini, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (solo)
Julio Larraz, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, France. in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
MIART, Paris, France. with Galleria d’Arte Contini, Venice, Italy (solo)
2007
International Blitz, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Sobre el Humor, Galería Marlborough, Madrid, Spain
Wit & Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Latin Masters, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA
Represenation 2007 New York & San Francisco, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2006
Paper, Paper, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Julio Larraz, Contini Galleria D’Arte, Venice, Italy (solo)
New Work, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
Julio Larraz: Giochi di potere, Piazza del Duomo, Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant’Agostino Pietrasanta, Italy
2005
With Spirit, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Galleria D’Arte Contini, Julio Larraz, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Julio Larraz: trienta años de trabajo, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador; traveled to Museo de Arte de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Altri Sol, Other Suns, Tuscan Sun Festival, Cortona, Italy (solo)
2004
Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2003
Museo de Arte Moderno de México, Julio Larraz, Tinta años de trabajo, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Atrium at the Plaza, St. Louis, MO, USA
2002
Galleria Tega, El sueño de vida, Milan, Italy
2001
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Julio Larraz, Venice, Italy
2000
New Works, Marlborough Florida, Boca Raton, FL, USA (solo)
Galería A.M.S. Marlborough, Santiago, Chile
1999
Galleria Tega, Milan, Italy
Julio Larraz: Paintings & Drawings, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA (solo)
Recycled Paper II, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
1998
Recycled Paper, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Maestros Latinoamericanos, Galeria Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador
1997
Noonday Club, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1996
Watercolors and Pastels by Julio Larraz, Peter Findlay, New York, NY, USA (solo)
The Gulf Stream, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA (solo)
1995
Magic and Mystery, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX, USA
American Art Today: Night Paintings, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
1994
The Body Human, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1993
Dealer’s Choice, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
1992
Landscape, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Salon de Mars, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Krannert Art Museum University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL, USA
1991
5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
Salon de Mars, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1990
Selections, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Salon de Mars, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1987
Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
1986
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia
1983
Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center Wichita Falls, TX, United States
1976
Westmoreland Museum of Art Greensburg, PA, United States

Literature

2009
Sullivan, E. J.  Julio Larraz.  Julio Larraz. New York:  Marlborough Gallery, 2009 (catalogue)
2007
Antei, G. (ed.)  Julio Larraz: Giochi di Potere.  Milan: Skira Editore, 2007
2005
Toniato, Toni.  Le Visioni Recenti di Julio Larraz, lo style di un realista moderno, Cortina D’Ampezzo: Galleria D’Arte Contini, 2005 (catalogue)
2004
Sullivan, Edward J.  Julio Larraz: Between Stassis and Flux, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, 2004 (catalogue)
2003
Lucie-Smith, E. Julio Larraz, Milan: Skira Editore, 2003
Julio Larraz: Treinta años de Trabajo.  Bogotá: Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, 2003 (catalogue)
Arensi, F.  L’ultimo sguardo dopo la Terra.  Venice:  Galleria Forni, 2003 (catalogue)
2002
Julio Larraz: Oeuvres récentes: peintures et sculptures.  Monaco: Marlborough Monaco, 2002 (catalogue)
2000
Julio Larraz: New Works.  Boca Raton: Marlborough Gallery, 2000 (catalogue)
1999
Di Corato, L.  A Thought for Julio.  Milan : Galeria Tega, 1999
Romanini, Alessandr. Declinations of Surprise.  Milan : Galeria Tega, 1999
1998
Bolge, George. Julio Larraz: Diary of the Soul, Boca Raton : Boca Raton Museum of Art, 1998
Shaw, Edward. Julio Larraz, Don Quijote en el País de las Maravillas.  Buenos Aires : Galería Der Brucke, 1998 (catalogue)
1997
Rey, I., (ed.)  Julio Larraz.  Coral Gables: Palette Publications, 1997
1996
Julio Larraz, The Planets. Dallas: Hall Gallery, 1996 (catalogue)
1991
Martinez, Dionisio D.   Julio Larraz: Moments in Time.  New York : Nohra Haime Gallery, 1991 (catalogue)
1989
Julio Larraz: Recent Paintings, Prints and Monotypes.  New York: Nohra Haime Gallery, 1989 (catalogue)
Sullivan, E.  Julio Larraz. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1989
1988
Julio Larraz Recent Paintings.  New York: Nohra Haime Gallery, 1988 (catalogue)
1987
Frank, Peter and Lori Zelenko. Julio Larraz.  Mexico: Museo de Monterrey, 1987 (catalogue)
Julio Larraz New Works. Dallas: Hall Galleries, 1987 (catalogue)
1984
Julio Larraz Recent Paintings.  New York: Nohra Haime Gallery, 1984 (catalogue)
1983
Julio Larraz: Recent Work.  New York: Inter-American Art Gallery, 1983 (catalogue)
Joubert, Jean. Julio Larraz.  Wichita: Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, 1983 (catalogue)
1980
Julio Larraz: Recent Still Lifes.  New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1980 (catalogue)
Julio Larraz. Fort Worth: Hall Galleries, 1980 (catalogue)
1979
Julio Larraz: Recent Paintings.  New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1979 (catalogue)