He was born and he died in Córdoba, Spain, where he lived most of his life. As the son of well known painter Rafael Romero Barros, director of Córdoba's Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Julio began his training at the Escuela de Bellas Artes from the age 10.
The Museum of Julio Romero de Torres at his former residence in Córdoba houses examples of his works, as well as works by Francisco Zurbarán, Alejo Fernández, Antonio del Castillo and Valdés Leal. Some of his important works at the museum include Amor místico y amor profano, El Poema de Córdoba, Marta y María, La saeta, Cante hondo, La consagración de la copla, Carmen, and La chiquita piconera.
Julio Romero De Torres was born on November 9th 1874 in Córdoba Spain. His father was the famous painter Rafael Romero Barros and his mother was Rosario de Torres Delgado. Julio learned about art from his father who was the director, curator and founder of Córdoba's Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes and an impressionist painter. He took an interest in it at a young and started studying art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes when he was 10. He went to Madrid to work and study when he was older in 1906. He also traveled all over Europe to study and he picked up a symbolist style that would become what he is most well known for. He spent most of his life living in Córboda and Madrid and both places had influences on his paintings. He combined many different styles when he painted because he had many different influences including realism, which was a popular style around the world at that time and impressionism, which he picked up from living in Córdoba and from his father. While living in Córdoba he became part of the late 19th century intellectual movement that was based on the Royal Academy of Science, Arts and Literature. Julio Romero also won many awards in his lifetime. In 1895 he won an honorable mention at the National Exhibition and later won third place in 1899 and 1904. When the war broke out in 1914 Julio Romero fought for the allies as a pilot. After the war in 1916 he became a professor of Clothing Design in the School of fine arts in Madrid. In 1922 he traveled to The Argentine Republic with his brother Enrique. He later got sick and returned to Córdoba to recover. His condition continued to deteriorate until he entered a state of delirium. He died on May 10th 1930 at the age of 55.