The exhibition Coming Home represents the first show of Larraz's work in Miami for the last twenty-five years. The exhibition will feature several large paintings on canvas, including the 2013 oil paintings "Desplante", "Coming Home", and "Sunday on the Narragansett," as well as many pastel and watercolors. Commenting on the occasion, Antonio Ascaso said, "With Miami becoming a world-class arts capital, it was time to honor one of its great artists. We felt strongly about the timing of Larraz's career and the city's tremendous steps forward in the arts."
Larraz's broad subject matter is usually metaphors with a narrative that lies just below the surface. His work is characterized by bold touch, beautiful light, and vibrant color. The works offer a glimpse into the artists' world and offer pieces of the story. When interviewed for the film documentary "The Mind's Eye", Larraz stated, "The images come to me like a dream, and I do my best to make studies of them before they disappear. It's like telling someone about a dream you had, it just becomes smoke before you finish the sentence".
Born in 1944 in Havana, Cuba, Larraz grew up in a home of cultural and intellectual distinction. His parents ran La DiscusiÃ³n, 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 immigrated to Miami in 1961, this invaluable collection had to remain behind.
Larraz has lived in New York, New Mexico, Paris, Florence, and Miami. He continues to work on his sculptures in Pietra Santa, and maintains a studio in Colombia. He currently lives and works primarily in Miami.
Larraz's most recent exhibitions include Julio Larraz: Treinta aÃ±os de trabajo: obra sobre papel, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de BogotÃ¡, BogotÃ¡, Colombia; which traveled to 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, 2008; and Julio Larraz, The Victorian Museum, Rome, Contini Gallery, Italy, 2012.
About Ascaso Gallery
With a quarter century history in Caracas and Valencia, Ascaso Gallery opened its doors in Miami to extend its rich exhibition program and offer professional specialized art consulting services to South Floridians and other US clients.
The gallery's impeccable status in the international fine art community is backed by experience, expertise, expanding market and its selection of the leading names of Venezuelan and Latin American masters. Antonio and Limari RamÃrez de Ascaso have given their support to public art projects and publication of serious catalogues and books making a priority to contribute scholarly thinking and writing on Latin American art history. Ascaso Gallery is a constant presence in the most prestigious art fairs worldwide.
It has become a reference point for museum curators. With its international reputation, Ascaso Gallery chose Wynwood to add its experience, perspective and roster of artists to a young and thriving area.