Julio Larraz – Marlborough Gallery Monaco

Marlborough Gallery Monaco presents the recent work of acclaimed Cuban artist Julio Larraz in a new show, opening on 25 April until 21 June 2013.

The solo exhibition brings together around 15 recent works, paintings and watercolors.

While Laraz’s first 2002 exhibition in Monaco presented mostly large still-lifes, this exhibition focuses on his favorite themes featuring various characters and enigmatic landscapes. We find the same mysterious and seductive atmosphere which is the basis of all his work.

Larraz, Master spy, 2011, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inJulio Larraz, Master Spy, 2011, oil on canvas, 72″ x 60″

Stylistically, Larraz’s work may be characterized by simplicity of touch, dramatic lighting, sensuous colors, exaggerated scale, and a combination of reality and fantasy that is generally tropical in atmosphere. His subjects are often metaphors for such things as isolation, melancholy, the absurdity of power, or political intrigue.

Born in 1944 in Havana, Cuba, Larraz grew up in a home of cultural and intellectual distinction. His parents ran La Discusión, one of the oldest newspapers in Havana. His father had compiled one of the largest private libraries in the country comprising several hundred thousand volumes on painting, history, philosophy, and literature. When the family emigrated to Miami in 1961, this invaluable collection had to remain behind.

Larraz’s first exhibition was in 1971 at the Pyramid Gallery in Washington, DC. His first New York exhibition was at the Far Gallery in 1974. In 1975 he was awarded the Cintas Grant by the Instituto de Educación Internacional in New York and in 1976 the painting prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He received in 1977 the Purchase Prize from the Childe Hassam Fund Purchase Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters. His paintings may be found in public collections and museums in Wash­ington, DC, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colombia, France, and Mexico.

Recent exhibitions include:

  • Julio Larraz: Treinta años de trabajo: obra sobre papel, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico; Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2004
  • Julio Larraz, Le Bellevue, Biarritz, France (in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery), 2008
  • Julio Larraz, The Victorian Museum, Rome, Italy, 2012.

The artist lives and works in Miami, Florida.

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