... one of the most renowned Cuban painters today... with an impressive interior world and an idiom that begins with his own identity and goes on to achieve universality.
ABC, Madrid, 2002
His early painting is neither black-focused nor Afro-Cuban, but just Cuban. And it is Cuban, following Ortiz’s thesis, by doing and not by nature, two categories Ortiz lucidly explains in his book El engaño de las razas. The African elements, to give them some sort of name, that can be seen mostly in the shapes in Larrinaga’s work, are the result of a “mental coexistence” with those elements.
(...) Larrinaga abstracts shapes, suppresses, essentializes, without being abstract. In his paintings the visual mysteries of the Antillean environment slowly shift to one side or leap away like gestural escapes that make the painter a sort of Calibanesque expressionist—nothing Cartesian about it.
Juan Sánchez, 1998