Julio came to figurative painting later in his career when, two years ago, he felt he needed to tackle the Trump political campaign full on, to voice his views with the contentious piece, ‘A Tramp Without Rags’.
This led to a collection inspired by musical icons whose work had touched him deeply and who had passed away at a young age. At the same time, he was researching the use of art to treat trauma for those suffering mental health issues. His last exhibition, ‘Art, Trauma and Healing’ brought all this together along with his own experience of healing his childhood traumas during his incarceration.
His vibrant use of colour and humour has become his trademark style as he offers the viewer an intimate view of the world through his eyes.