"The first thing I drew was a butterfly" , said Julio once. Ever since he was a child he drew with charcoal on walls: butterflies, houses, animals and landscapes. "Nobody taught me. I was just trying to imitate nature.” He grew up rural areas of eastern Cuba and was the youngest in a family of twelve children.
Many of Breff's art is about progress and overcoming obstacles. Breff included a series of "mutantes extraterrestres", also known as aliens. By aliens he means tourist visiting Cuba who brought with them stories and activities unknown to him such as video cameras, music and dollars.
He has become part of many organizations but the one that has helped him the most is the Cuban Cultural Ventures, a foundation from the Netherlands. The benefits from it include overseas networking, new inspiration and, moreover, the possibility of sale of his work.
Solo Exhibitions / Exposiciones Personales
1988 “Primitive Painting of Julio Breff". Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Mayari Cuba.
1989 “Laughs and More Laughs”. Revolution and Culture Magazine. Havana, Cuba. Of the Dreams and The Imagination. III Havana Biennale. Cuba.
1990 “To count Images”. Diago Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
1990 "Leave to Paint Happy". The Tunas, Cuba.
1992 “Oriental Chronicles”. Diago Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
1994 “Images and Dreams”. Gallery Havana. Havana, Cuba.
1995 “Dreams and Imaginations” . Maracaibo, Venezuela.
1997 “Doctor in Fantasy”. Juan David Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
1998 “In Times of Bolero”. Juan David Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
1988 "Film and Painting". Arte 7 Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
1999 “God Already Knows Me”. Loma del Angel Church . Havana, Cuba.
2000 “Dreams of Breff". Ibero-American Party. Holguin, Cuba.
2001 “Hit of Dreams” . The Acacia Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
2001 “Passage to that Ignored”. Las Brizas Hotel. Holguin, Cuba.
2002 La Acacia Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
Selected Group Exhibitions / Exposiciones Colectivas
1987 “X fair of Popular Art”. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.
1989 “Primitive art. Kenya”, Mozambique, Nicaragua. III Havana Biennale, Cuba.
1990 “II National Encounter of Primitive Painters”. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
1991 “Discovering a New World”. Brazil.
1998 “Cubanias of the Caribbean Island 52 years later”. Bonarense Museum of Fine Arts, La Plata, Argentina.
1999 “Cuban imaginations”. La Merce Cultural Center. Girona, Spain.
1999 Salon PMA. Center of Development of the Visual Arts. Havana, Cuba.
2002 “Cuban Influences: Africa and the Caribbean”. Royal Commonwealth Society. London, England.
2002 “Salon PMA". Visual Arts Development Center. Havana, Cuba.
2004 “Art Naif Salon”. Señores de la Porte. Beraut, France.
Awards / Premios
1987 Prize in Painting. X Popular Art Fair. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.
1987 Province Prize. Fine Arts Salon. Holguin, Cuba.