ANFA is thrilled to show works by the esteemed Cuban artist, Julio Larraz in honor of the upcoming major motion picture, “Same Kind of Different As Me” opening in theaters October 20th. Featuring renowned actors, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, and Renee Zellweger, the story follows an international art dealer, Ron Hall, who befriends a homeless man, Denver Moore, who changes his life for the better. Julio, portrayed in the movie, is part of their remarkable journey and his original artwork is highlighted in the film.
ANFA is excited to display works by Julio Larraz along with Ron Hall’s private collection of Denver Moore’s paintings until November 17th. The show will benefit the homeless and a portion of all proceeds from art sold will be donated to various homeless organizations including the Same Kind of Different As Me Foundation and various organizations in Charlotte. Julio, like ANFA, believes in giving back through art and eloquently described his belief stating , “We are all particles of sand, and many particles make a beach. I am just trying to do my part to make a difference.”
Julio Larraz in his historic home in Florida
Julio was born in Havana, Cuba in 1944 and moved to Miami, Florida in 1961 where he first started drawing political caricatures for top media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue Magazine, and many others. He began painting full time in 1967, leading to many solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries such as, John H. Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, FL, Marlborough Gallery and Ameringer McEngery Yohne in New York, NY, Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome, Italy and has been featured in museum exhibitions including the Perez Art Museum in Miami, FL. His dedication to art and innate talent has lead to many awards ranging from the American Academy of Arts and Letter, the Center for the Arts and Education, Instituto de Educacion Internacional, and FACE in Miami, FL.
The Red Moon, 60×72
Julio’s work hovers between real and imagined, depicting recognizable figures and places but not necessarily in realistic proportions or proper contexts. He describes his paintings as daydreams and images reflected in his mind, which he seeks to capture on canvas before they disappear.
From the Deep Recesses of the Mind, 60×72
In the above painting, From the Deep Recesses of the Mind, Julio transcribed a realistic dream in which he encountered the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Before going to bed, Julio was reading a book with images from the Caribbean. As he drifted asleep, Julio saw himself walking through an enchanting landscape filled with different sea animals and the most vivid colors he had ever seen. The brilliant blues, greens, and reds mesmerized Julio. As he walked closer he saw someone painting the scene before him. Suddenly he realized the artist was Vincent Van Gogh! He was so startled by the image of Van Gogh’s face that he emerged from his dream and immediately wanted to paint the alluring scene.
An Afternoon with Hesiod, 60×72
En el Jardin de Las Hortensias, 16×20
In addition to dreams, Julio is highly influenced by Greek mythology and the ancient poet, Homer. Many of his paintings depict the white-domed, House of Homer on the end of a narrow peninsula surrounded by cliffs and looking out to the Mediterranean Sea. An Afternoon with Hesiod shows a bird’s eye view of the Homer’s house and a glimpse of a white boat making its way towards the house. The ship is meant to represent another ancient Greek poet, Hesiod coming to visit Homer. In his other painting, En el Jardin de Las Hortensias, you can see Homer walking among his hydrangea bushes surrounding his house on the tip of the island.
On the Bay of Mirrors, 39×53
The Fall of Icarus, a well know story from Greek mythology, is depicted in Julio’s paintings, Arrival and On the Bay of Mirrors, as shown above. Icarus attempts to escape the island of Crete with wings his father, Daedalus, made him out of feathers and beeswax. Icarus ignored his father’s warnings of hubris and flew too close to the sun causing his wings to melt. Known as a superior craftsman, Daedalus, is shown testing out the handmade wings he made for his son in Arrival. In Julio’s other painting, On the Bay of Mirrors, Icarus falls out of the sky to his death and drowns in the vast sea in front of the House of Homer.
Check out this short film about Julio and his work and stop by the gallery to see his fascinating paintings in person. Hurry! They are only here for a short period!
Colosso the Feet, 24×30
Winter Ride, 40×50