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Julio Larraz

5 July, 2024

80 circumnavigations of the sun
A lifetime of creativity

As Julio’s impending 80th birthday approached, it became clear that a commemorative event of extraordinary magnitude was warranted; a celebration befitting his illustrious career, one that would honor the tapestry of his past accomplishments while embracing the vibrant canvas of his present endeavors. What is most striking is Julio’s unwavering dedication to numerous simultaneous projects, a testament to the inexhaustible source of energy that drives his artistic trajectory. His passion for sculpture continues to flourish, as evidenced by his collaboration with the esteemed foundry Fonderia Artistica Versiliese in Italy. There he inaugurated the monumental masterpieces Space Station in Pietrasanta and Valles Marinaris in Viareggio. Upon his return to the serene confines of his Miami studio, Julio moved seamlessly into the creation of another captivating sculpture, a reflection of his relentless pursuit of artistic expression.

This verve extends seamlessly to his exploration of the painted canvas. Opting to push the boundaries of conventional artistic dimensions, Julio embarked on a bold experimentation with larger formats. It is through these expansive canvases that he strives to imbue his subjects with a new grandeur, offering viewers a panoramic view of his creative prowess. Witnessing Julio meticulously prepare, contemplate and finally execute these monumental compositions is a fleeting but unforgettable experience that underscores his unwavering commitment to artistic evolution.

At the venerable age of 80, Julio Larraz finds himself at a new frontier, a juncture where the essence of his being, his very essence, is encapsulated in the monumental sculptures and paintings he creates. They are not mere artistic manifestations, but living testaments to his indomitable spirit, always forward, always dreaming, always demanding freedom. His resolute refusal to accept the passage of time is awe-inspiring, a beacon of inspiration to all who have the privilege of inhabiting his world.

As we reflect on Julio’s extraordinary life and career, we are reminded of the profound impact he continues to have on the art scene. His unquenchable thirst to explore the limitless expanse of his dreams and visions remains intact, undeterred by the shadows of age or inevitable physical wear and tear. His unwavering determination and relentless work ethic serve as a guide to those who support and drive him on his artistic odyssey.

The upcoming exhibition is a testament to Julio’s enduring legacy, a celebration of his life’s work, meticulously curated to tour the galleries that have guarded his vision. It is a collective tribute to Julio Larraz’s magnum opus, a symphony of artistic brilliance orchestrated by a master at the zenith of his creative powers. To the galleries that have strongly supported Julio throughout his illustrious career, our most sincere thanks. His unwavering dedication has made this momentous occasion possible, allowing us to share Julio’s transcendent vision with the world.

Ariel Larraz

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