The message of my work is always to spark a dialogue with yourself. There is no focus or goal. These paintings are made because I was compelled to, but the meaning, you create for yourself. – Julio Larraz
The paintings of Julio Larraz have a dream-like, surreal quality. His works are created with a masterful skill that enhances the humor and irony in each work.
Larraz’s family fled from Cuba to the United States in 1961, when he was seventeen. In New York, Larraz found work as a political cartoonist. His work was published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire and Rolling Stone.
After a decade of working on political caricatures, Larraz knew he wanted to create art that mattered to him, but the art scene in New York in the 1970s and ’80s was transitioning from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and Conceptual Art, none of which interested Larraz.
“I wasn’t bored of my job. I love drawing and I love politics,” he said in a 2015 interview in Huffpost, “but I knew I wanted to do something that completely filled me with joy. When I started, the type of painting I wanted to create was forbidden. Abstract art was in full force at the time, but I wanted to be a Realist painter, which was considered degenerate art. I remember thinking ‘Terrific. You are not supposed to do this, and this is exactly what I am going to do.’ I had to go there, it was calling me.”
A retrospective of Larraz’s work, both paintings and sculptures, was presented at the Contini Art Gallery in Venice in 2018, that showcased the range and breadth of his work.
Larraz traveled to Mexico, Paris and Italy, before settling in Miami, where he now lives and works.
The works of Julio Larraz can be found in major venues around the world, including the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Montoya and Ortiz
Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz have been working together since 1994. Their studio is in West Palm Beach, where Ortiz was born. Montoya was born in Madrid. They both traveled extensively, and their coming together to create their extraordinary works was serendipitous.
Though the technique they use in their foundry can be grueling, the results are both stunning and playful. In 2018, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County paired local interior designers with local artists, for an exhibit called Art & Decor.
Designer Jennifer Garrigues used the works of Montoya and Ortiz to showcase the relationship between visual art and interior design. The design features the sculpture All Aboard, available at Surovek Gallery.
The Works of Julio Larraz and Montoya and Ortiz at Surovek Gallery
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Samantha Matcovsky. Julio Larraz: Creator of Dreams. The Huffington Post. October 15.2015. Updated December 6, 2017.
Nina Karaicic. Julio Larraz. Widewalls. October 4, 2013.
Mary Murray. Art Meets Decor. Palm Beach, Illustrated. February 26, 2018