Julio Larraz: The Kingdom We Carry Inside

In collaboration with the Julio Larraz Foundation

December 1st, 2021 through April 30th, 2022 | Curated by Yuneikys Villalonga

Carole A. Fewell Gallery, Gallery 109, and Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery

Julio Larraz (b. Havana, Cuba, 1944) is one of the most influential figures in Latin American art today. Throughout a career of six decades, institutional recognition has gone hand in hand with the admiration and following of colleagues and younger artists from all over the world that praise his mastery of technique, color, and light, and the poetry and the subtlety of his work.

The exhibition Julio Larraz; The Kingdom We Carry Inside brings to the public eye an important selection of works from private and public collections, as well as the artist’s and the Julio Larraz Foundation’s archives, in an effort to represent all mediums and key periods of his life and oeuvre. The works on view at Gallery 109, the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery, Carole A. Fewell Gallery, and Frank Lynn Gallery span from his early days in New York, as a caricaturist for major newspapers and magazines, to the drawings, paintings, and sculptures made in New Mexico, Paris, Florence, and in Miami, where the artist currently lives and works. Throughout the show, biographical annotations, in chronological order, dialogue with works grouped after themes, characters, and narratives that are recurrent in Larraz’s work and bring us closer to his creative process.

In a joint effort between the Julio Larraz Foundation and The Coral Gables Museum, Julio Larraz: The Kingdom We Carry Inside will be presented at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami from December 1st, 2021 through April 30th, 2022, and is expected to travel to other renowned institutions in the country. The show is curated by Coral Gables Museum’s Chief Curator, Yuneikys Villalonga.

Julio Larraz. La Escolta de un Poeta, 2011. Oil on canvas.

Julio Larraz. The Left Arm, 2001. Pastel on paper.

Julio Larraz. Two Hundred Years in Power, 2013. Oil on canvas.


By Ari Larraz, Laura Furcic, and Las Animas Films


December 4, 2021 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE

Join us for mimosas and small bites as we celebrate Julio Larraz’s first museum retrospective as well as his most recent and comprehensive retrospective book of the same title, published by Rizzoli New York. For more information and to RSVP please click here.

Friday, January 7 | 6:00 pm
Friday, February 4 | 6:00 pm
Friday, March 4 | 6:00 pm
Friday, April 1 | 6:00 pm
Members Free; Non-Members $10

During Twilight Fridays (every first Friday of the month) exhibition curator Yuneikys Villalonga will be offering a tour through the exhibition followed by a complimentary glass of wine. After the tours, you can enjoy live music and other cultural offerings at the Museum throughout the rest of the evening. For more information and to RSVP please click here.


A similarly titled retrospective book on Julio Larraz’s work is available for purchase at the Coral Gables Museum’s lobby. With 200 paintings, 50 works on paper, and 10 sculptures, ranging from the 1960s to the
present, and accompanied by an essay by David Ebony, this is the largest and most comprehensive publication on the artist to date.

Top left: Julio Larraz. President R. Nixon U.S., 1970. Charcoal on paper.

Top right:  Julio Larraz. Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, 1970. Charcoal on paper.

Bottom: Larraz’s drawing of Indira Gandhi featured in The New York Times, January 3, 1971.


Chair, Coral Gables Museum: José Valdés-Fauli

Head of the Exhibitions Committee, Coral Gables Museum: Carol Damian

Executive Director, Coral Gables Museum: John R. Allen

President, Julio Larraz Foundation: Ariel Larraz

Curator : Yuneikys Villalonga

Exhibition Coordinators: Heidi Larraz, Nelly Gómez,

and Alexa Aragon-Dueñas

Curatorial Assistant: Pamela Londono

Marketing Specialist: Pamela Londono

Photography: Don Queralto

Video: Laura Furcic

Installers: Fabian Peña & Andres Cabrera

Julio Larraz. Apollo 11, 1969. Oil on masonite.

Julio Larraz. Cape Laplace, 1998. Oil on canvas.

The Museum would like to thank artist Julio Larraz, as well as all the individuals and institutions that helped make this exhibition possible.