Larraz, Cuban (1944 - )
Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, on 12 March 1944. The
son of a newspaper publisher, he began to draw at a very early
age. In 1961 his parents moved to Miami, Florida, taking the
whole family with them. In 1962 they moved to Washington, D.C.,
and in 1964 to New York City, where Larraz lived for the next
five years. There he began to draw political caricatures which
were published by the New York Times, the Washington Post,
the Chicago Tribune and Vogue magazine, among others.
In 1967 Larraz began working full time as a painter. He credits
several New York artists, including Burt Silverman, for teaching
him various painting techniques.
In 1971 his first solo exhibition was held at the Pyramid Galleries
in Washington, D.C.
In 1972 he had an exhibition at the New School for Social Research
in New York. A year later, his paintings were shown at the
FAR Gallery in New York.
In 1976 he won awards from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. The
same year he was also awarded the Cintas Grant from the Institute
of International Education. A year later Larraz moved to San
Patricio, New Mexico, fascinated by the light and atmosphere
of the barren hills of the Hondo Valley. It was there that
he met Ron Hall, his future dealer, who is based in Texas.
In 1978 Larraz bought a house in Grandview, New York. There
he met Nohra Haime whose New York gallery represented him until
1994. In 1983 he moved to Paris, remaining there for two years.
In 1986 he moved to Miami, Florida, with his wife. Julio Larraz
is best known for his precise and detailed technique, his imagination,
and his unique subtle touch, all of which have helped affirm
his reputation as one of the most important contemporary Latin
Cintas Grant, Instituto de Educación Internacional
, New York
American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute
of Arts and Letters, New York
Purchase Prize, Childe Hassam Fund Purchase Exhibition, American
Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts
and Letters, New York.
1997 Facts About Cuban Exile, FACE, Miami
||Born Julio Fernàndez Larraz on 12
March in Havana, Cuba, to Emma Larraz Sorondo de Fernàndez
and Julio César Fernàndez. His Family owns
a major newspaper in Havana, which is run by his parents.
||Lives with his family in Havana. Attends numerous private(primary
and secondary) schools. Begins drawings as a child, although
he does not formally study art. Does caricatures, several
of which are published in Havana.
||Leaves Cuba with his family; goes to Miami where he remains
for one year.
||Moves to Washington D.C.
||Moves to Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, where his parents
||Moves to New York City. Works at a wide variety of jobs
not related to art. Continues to do caricatures.
||Starts to paint professionally; he assists to workshops
at the studio of Burt Silverman, and later to the studios
of David Levine and Aaron Shikler.
||Marries Scott Mills; moves to Rockleigh, New Jersey.
Continues to work with Burt Silverman.
||Daughter Saskia born.
||Has first exhibition of his work at the pyramid Galleries
Ltd., Washington D.C.
||Son Ariel born. Has exhibitions of caricatures at the
galleries of the New School for Social Research, New York.
Moves to Upper Nyack, New York.
||Begins an association with FAR gallery in New York, where
he has his first solo exhibition.
||Wins Award in Art from American Academy of Arts and Letters
and National Institute of Arts and Letters. Travels to
Europe for the first time; visits France and
||Goes to San Patricio, New Mexico, and remains there working
for one year. Meets Ron Hall, his future dealer in Dallas
and Forth Worth, Texas.
||Solo exhibition with Hirschl and Adler in New York. He
moves to Grandview New York and discovers Scott Mills.
||Meets Nohra Haime, his future dealer in New York.
||First Exhibition with the Nohra Haime Gallery, who will
represent him for the next ten years.
||Becomes an American citizen. Begins a year's stay in
||Buys house in Miami. Meets Pilar Botero.
||Daughter Maia born.
||Daughter Miranda born.
||Solo Exhibition at Peter Findlay Gallery, New York.
||Solo Exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa.
||Wins award in Fine Art Excellence FACE, Facts About Cuban
||Galleria Giulio Tega in Milan begins to represent him
in Italy. Has an exhibit in Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton,
||Begins to work with Marlborough Gallery.
||First solo exhibition with Marlborough Gallery, Boca
Raton, Florida. His son Pablo is born in Florence, where
he now lives with his family and works.