Cuba’s Most Influential Living Artist To
Showcase at Gallery in Chelsea
“Larraz is now recognized as one of the most important contemporary Latin American artists of our time.”
The Huffington Post
On Thursday, October 15, Cuban Artist, Julio Larraz, will open a solo show at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in Chelsea, New York. This will be Larraz’s inaugural show with the gallery since joining in 2014 and after being represented for 15 years by the Marlborough Gallery in New York. The show will consist of 15 paintings and will run until November 14. A public reception for the artist will be held on 15 October from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This inaugural show at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe will showcase Larraz’s skills of handling light and shadow and enigmatic narratives embedded in his paintings. According to gallery partner, Miles McEnry, the catalogue is possibly the best in Larraz’s career.
Born in Havana, Cuba and currently residing in Miami, Larraz is the son of a newspaper editor and began drawing at an early age. Early on in his career, Larraz painted political caricatures that were published by the New York Times and several other publications. Larraz is best known by his precise and detailed techniques, his imagination and his subtle touch.
In 1961, Larraz’s moved from Cuba to the United States, first to Miami and then to New York where he begun his career. Although Larraz resides in Miami and has lived all over the world, he cites a number of New York artists as influences, particularly that of Burt Silverman. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Larraz cut his teeth in the New York art market and is now working diligently on what he feels like has been lost time.
Julio Larraz paints deeply layered satires of art and life. He is a visual philosopher interchanging reality and imagination. Without being hyper-realistic, fragments of scenes are revealed with abundant descriptions. Larraz’s paintings are dominated by imposing landscapes, powerful seas, enigmatic space scenes, and elegant individuals wearing resplendent attire that call into question the meaning of beauty. His use of luminous, scintillating, completely translucent light is attributed to that of the tropics, a subject which reflects Larraz’s passionate attachment to his Cuban, Latin American identity. These images come to him as if in a dream and his works are a continuous attempt to capture them before they disappear.
For more information on Julio Larraz – www.juliolarraz.com
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