“NEW MANKIND”. WATERCOLOR. ALFRED RECE

Between June 8th and June 29th 2017, Artfooly Gallery proudly presents the exhibition “NEW MANKIND”.
Alfred Rece was born in Craiova, Romania, where he also lives and works now.
He graduated from the Bucharest University of Arts in 1993.
He was a member of the artists’ group “Crinul”, with Valentin Boboc, Francisc Chiuariu, Cătălin Burcea, Marian Maria.
Alfred’s solo show at Artfooly Gallery, “NEW MANKIND”, shows oil on canvas paintings.
The artist explores “the new mankind”, placing his characters face to face with the past in an exciting interaction and an intense color contrast.
The curator of the exhibition is Anca Negescu.

Without any doubt, Alfred Rece’s painting is an eye catcher for its hyperrealistic approach.
Alfred Rece is an artist preoccupied with illustrating the ever changing mould of the human being, focusing on presenting iconic figures belonging to the past and the present.
The fast evolution of technology, scientific progress, the infinite discoveries of the new mankind, all these had brought changes in one’s thought and behaviour. But his paintings draw attention to the best and worst of the past and the present: love, the innocence and beauty of our children, morals and humanity as values on one hand, and on the other, wars, sacrifice, manipulation, kitsch.
Being an appropriationist in his compositions, Alfred Rece opposed the already famous images of kissing couples of the World War II to exclusively feminine figures of contemporary showbiz, commercial idols of the present civilisation. All this in order to mourn the loss of an innocence, of a romantic soul and of a sincere feeling (immortalized in real moments) and to signalize the focus of media set on nightmarely constructions based on sexuality and grotesque. Alfred Rece creates a symbolic game in his compositions, opposing faces of the present to the iconic images of the past, striking the viewer with his message.
One can watch his paintings as visual elegies of an author suspended in time, also representing the fight to identify now the values of the past.

Diana Savu, art critic.