Raúl Recio

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.

Raúl Recio, “Lo que quedo”, 30″ x 22″, tinta sobre papel, 2014

Raul Recio, Llueve en el Rio Verde (Rain in the Green River), Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 68 in. (127 x 172.7 cm)
Source: The American State Department

Raul Recio, Serie Rios de Oro, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm Source: The American State Department
Raul Recio, Serie Rios de Oro, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm Source: The American State Department

Bibliography

https://wsimag.com/art/14796-raul-recio-almost-paisajeSource for image of:
Raúl Recio, “Lo que quedo”, 30″ x 22″, tinta sobre papel, 2014

https://art.state.gov/personnel/raul_recio/
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

2 thoughts on “Raúl Recio

  1. Steve Meyfroidt April 19, 2020 — 8:07 am

    I see what you mean: there’s a lot of rhythm going thru these paintings. Good find! Might put
    P3 on my wish list…. I liked D, though less so D2…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hoping to post a few more from this book!

      Liked by 1 person

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