Born in 1965 in the Dominican Republic. At the time of publishing the biography in the Vitamin P3 book, Raúl Recio was living in an artists’ retreat on the slopes of the Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in his native country. Due to specific historical significance for the artist, this mountain features prominently in a lot of his work.
I first saw a reproduction of Raul Recio’s paintings in the Vitamin P3 book and was mesmerized by the electricity inherent in the landscapes. In the YouTube video (referenced below), he says (in subtitles because the interview is in his native language) : ‘As colours mix together, they radiate a feeling and that feeling comes alive. that’s why my paintings are not looking for an answer or raising a question; the painting itself takes me to that place, which is a landscape.’
The writer of the biography in Vitamin P3 seems to view some of the landscapes as being sinister or threatening, however I don’t see that at all. I view these as almost a musical interpretation of colour and emotion done in acrylics. The landscapes dance and move with such raw passion and intensity of rhythm. They are magical paintings. They sing – at least that’s how I see them.
https://wsimag.com/art/14796-raul-recio-almost-paisajeSource for image of:
Raúl Recio, “Lo que quedo”, 30″ x 22″, tinta sobre papel, 2014
Art in Embassies (source for three images)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt_Und4uQms (captioned in English)
Phaidon Editors (2016), Vitamin P3: New perspectives in painting P.266 and 267