Cuba’s leading contemporary artist is showing his work in the United States this fall when he’ll open a must-see solo art exhibition in New York City.
From October 15th, Julio Larraz will show a collection of his work at the Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.
This much-anticipated art exhibition will run until mid-November and will display 15 pieces of captivating works of art.
Mr Larraz is recognized as a leading Latin American artist, and this particular exhibit will continue to showcase his immense skill in working imaginatively, subtly and precisely with light and shadow.
Interesting narratives which are embedded in many of his paintings also form a part of this artists wide appeal.
Mr Larraz’s paintings often make an allegory out of life and also draw off his own experiences such as his childhood, moving to the United States, his travels and studies.
The Havana-born painter, who is now based in Miami, used to paint political caricatures which were often published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Vogue Magazine.
Then in 1967 he began to focus solely on painting and studied art in New York alongside Burt Silverman and David Levine. It was Burt Silverman who had a tremendous impact on Mr Larraz’s painting technique.
Generally though Mr Larraz paints satires of art and life, which are deeply layered and cleverly fuse reality with imagination.
His work is dominated by imposing landscapes, powerful oceans or space scenes and often show individuals wearing interesting clothing. Some of his paintings show snapshots of Caribbean life which have been inspired by his early years growing up in Havana.
His attachment to the Cuban, Latin American identity is also a regular feature of his work, together with use of luminous and translucent light. References to Surrealist, early modern European and 17th century Spanish styles of painting can also be identified.
Today Mr Larraz’s work can be admired in many public and private collections, including at the Cintas Foundation, the Archer M. Huntington Gallery, the Museo de Arte Moderno, the University Museum and at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Mr Larraz’s art exhibition in New York runs until November 15th and is located at 525 W 22nd Street.
The Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery is one of the most popular New York art galleries and is conveniently situated in the heart of Chelsea’s prominent gallery district.
Photography courtesy of Mr Julio Larraz