JULIO LARRAZ (b. 1944 in Havana, Cuba) is the son of a newspaper editor and began drawing at a very early age. After moving to the United States in 1961, Larraz began to draw political caricatures that were published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Vogue Magazine, among others. In 1967, he turned his attention solely towards painting.
His first solo exhibition was in 1971 at Pyramid Gallery in Washington, D.C. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions, which most recently include “New Beginnings,” John H. Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; “Julio Larraz: Painting and Sculpture,” Museum of Art - DeLand, DeLand, FL; “Made in USA,” Ascaso Gallery, Miami, FL; “Omaggio Julio Larraz,” Contini Galleria D’Arte, Venice, Italy; “Rules of Engagement,” Contini Art UK, London, England; “Two Hundred Years in Power,” Galeria Arteconsult, Panama City, Panama (in collaboration with Ascaso Gallery, Miami, FL); “Coming Home,” Ascaso Gallery, Miami, FL; “Omaggio Julio Larraz,” Contini Galleria D’Arte, Venice, Italy; “Julio Larraz,” Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY; “Julio Larraz,” Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy (in collaboration with Contini Galleria D’Arte); and “Julio Larraz,” The Bellevue, Biarritz, France (in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY).
Recent group exhibitions include “Los Imaginarios Urbanos,” Galeria Enlace—Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru; Ascaso Gallery, Art Wynwood, Miami, FL; “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL; “Papertrail,” Latin American Masters, Santa Monica, CA; and “FIA,” Galería de Arte Ascaso, Caracas, Venezuela.
Larraz has been the recipient of many awards from Center for the Arts and Education, New York, NY; FACE, Miami, FL; the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; and Instituto de Educación Internacional, New York, NY.
In addition, his work may be found in many public and private collections, including Archer M. Huntington Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogatá, Colombia; Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA; American Express Bank, Paris, France; First Pennsylvania Bank, Philadelphia, PA; and World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Julio Larraz lives and works in Miami, FL.