Alfonso Recto and his art

Published June 23, 2021, 2:27 PM

by Joe Priela

Figurative, abstract, and everything in between

His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries around the metro, be it in group or solo shows. Alfonso Recto is a visual artist who primarily works with acrylic, crafting figurative and abstract pieces.

Alfonso Recto

Pablo Picasso once said that, “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up”

Like most of the brilliant artists we know, Alfonso has been making art even before he knew it was called art. It just came out effortlessly, it was something intrinsic. In retrospect, he remembers being really driven to draw, copying the comics he had around as a kid. According to him, there was something about the characters and the way they were depicted—being larger than life.

Deciding to take it up as a living is a different story. Art flows and grows when one cultivates it, and this occurred when Alfonso decided, back in 2012, to pursue it as a career—all thanks to the creative community who showed him the ropes.

‘Saximus Decimus Meridius’

Asked about his inspiration throughout his artistic journey, Alfonso says, “I find inspiration everywhere. I think anything can be fascinating if you pay enough attention to it and a lot of things can be the spark behind a new piece. I have broad interests in science, philosophy, film, literature, culture, martial arts, and spirituality that have, in one way or another, manifested in my art.”

“I’m particularly inspired by art and music,” he adds. “Before the pandemic, I would frequently go to exhibits and find myself energized, afterwards, to work on my own pieces. Even just looking at pieces from favorite artists online, I feel more driven to create something of my own. In music, which I play a little bit of myself, I’ve found a lot of metaphors and processes that I’ve been able to apply to my art—especially in terms of improvisation and composition. I’m always trying to express something rhythmic and energetic in my work.”

‘Grove (For Johnny)’

Choosing a favorite from your work may just be the hardest thing to do, but the piece Alfonso chose made him feel that he took a huge step forward to what he was trying to do artistically. Even though he never felt reserved in his work, this piece made him much more free and uninhibited. “Grove (For Johnny)” is one of those pieces that he thinks is a milestone in his growth as an artist and as an individual.

‘Still Life I, II & III’

Before the pandemic, Alfonso would draw inspiration from nights out, gigs, and exhibits. Being deprived of these avenues made him look inwardly. “Strangely enough, I think my work has become more dynamic even though I’m living a calmer life, like I’m channeling energy outwards rather than drawing it in,” he explains.

“Our most important role is to be as true to ourselves and to our work as we can,” Alfonso says, talking about the crucial place of artists in today’s world. “So much in life is compromised that being our true selves is the best thing we can do for ourselves and the world.”