Study for “Twelve Meters”, 2001
watercolor on paper
27 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
(Cuba, b. 1944)
Julio Larraz’s art delights in public spectacle and ceremony. Larraz is also an acknowledged master of the most modest of genres: the still-life. Larraz’s art reflects his wide-ranging art historical interests, including caricature and the dream-logic of Surrealists. Perhaps most surprising, Larraz’s paintings have strong affinities with American modernist painters, including O’Keefe and Hopper. Whatever his chosen subject, Larraz’s paintings manifest singular formal strengths, including a mastery of light and brushwork, at once graceful and sensuous.