Young John Larriva was born on the garden island of Kauai, Hawaii in 1981. He was encouraged by his artist parents to explore drawing and painting from an early age. Perhaps more importantly, support in his artistic exploration continued past grade school. John graduated from high school in the rural San Luis Vallery of Southern Colorado after moving there in 1994. He studied art at the College of Santa Fe where he majored in printmaking. He didn't earn a degree there but continued to learn about drawing and painting from other resources including books and internet forums.

Young John Larriva's paintings explore impression and expression. His direct painting approach quickly captures the essential appearance of his subjects while the expressive faces and brushstrokes imbue emotion. John's influences include masters of bold brushwork and mark-making, like Joaquín Sorolla, Giovanni Boldini, Tamara de Lempicka, Käthe Kollwitz, John Singer Sargent, Frank Duveneck, Rembrandt van Rijn, Helene Schjerfbeck, Lucian Freud, and Alice Neel.

Larriva currently resides in Owego, New York.



Group Shows

Gauntlet Gallery, "Daft Punk Deux" - 2014

Gallery Nucleus, "X-MANS" - 2014

All Good Things Gallery, "Steampunk Valentine" - 2014

Gauntlet Gallery, "ReDiscovery: An Art Show Inspired by Daft Punk" - 2013

Gauntlet Gallery, "Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads: 80's Movies" - 2012

Bottleneck Gallery, "Can't Beat Em, Join Em: The Zombie Show"- 2012

Bottleneck Gallery, "More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired by Premium Cable"- 2012

IAM8BIT Gallery, "Combo Attack: 25 Years of Street Fighter"- 2012

IAM8BIT Gallery, "So You Created a Wormhole..."- 2012

Gallery Nucleus, "The JP Show (Just People)"- 2011

The Lineage Performing Arts Center, "Munk Marvelous' Visual Arts Showcase"- 2011

Santa Fe, NM, "La Fiesta Inadaptados"- 2004


Spectrum 21, 2014

Spectrum 19, 2012


Upper Deck