Armando Julio Reverón (May 10, 1889– September 18, 1954) was a modernist painter of the late 19th and early 20th century in Venezuela.
His early talent helped him gain a recommendation by his professors to obtain in 1911 a scholarship to study in Europe. The same year, he travelled to Barcelona where he joined his friend, the Venezuelan painter, Rafael Monasterios at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios y Bellas Artes to study under Vicente Borrás Avella.
In his final years an acute depression crisis forced him to be taken to San Jorge hospital. When Reverón came back to the Castillete, he took refuge in a magical universe, surrounded by objects of his creation such as dolls and animals which gave origin to the last and semi-delirious expressionist stage of his work.
He would dress up the dolls and use them as models for his paintings all of whom he named, dressed, made nonfunctional objects for (a telephone, a bottle, crowns) and cared for on an individual basis, possibly a symptom of his schizophrenia and loneliness. This figurative stage was characterized by the use of chalks (creyones) and by the creation of theater plays with his dolls that perhaps helped him recover his emotional balance.
The last of his mental crises took place in 1953, the same year he was conferred the Premio Nacional de Pintura for his Gran Desnudo Acostado, and had to be hospitalized again. In spite of the situation he devoted all of his efforts in preparation for a retrospective exhibition that had been announced for the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas. However, he died suddenly in the “San Jorge” Hospital in Caracas on September 18, 1954.