Pastel on paper
29.5" x 43.25"
Signed Larraz, lower right
Provenance: Private Collection, Scottsdale, Arizona acquired from Peter Findlay Galleries.
Miami artist Julio Larraz, 70, was born in Havana, Cuba but credits his interest and influence in the art world from his experiences in New York and Washington D.C. early in his career. Among his oeuvre are political caricatures, techniques adopted from artist Burt Silverman and references to Surrealist, early modern European and 17th-century Spanish styles of painting.
Larraz’s works deal with the subconscious and often elicits more questions than answers. Most of his works contain biographical clues making an allegory out of his life. His works show the progression from his childhood in Cuba to living in Washington, DC and New York to the travels and studies that continue to influence his work. Exploring seemingly simple images such as a tableau of fruit and fish, ships or a bull fight – Larraz manipulates scale, perspective and light to produce new interpretations of these scenes.
Meeting at High Sea is one of many works Larraz has done of ships eluding to his Cuban heritage and to his travels. Like in many of his works the viewer is left with questions about the meeting, the scene and what the artist is trying to say.