Felix Aftene’s artistic expression seeks its richness in various sources, sometimes apparently conflicting – it stands for a vast field of plastic culture, for a certain elasticity and dynamics specific to the contemporary artist. Painting and most of all graphics represent the privileged languages, but Aftene experimented with other means of structuring the artistic message too, such as performance. Occasional resorting to local inspiration sources like the Romanian Christmas Carols, the accessories of the protagonists taking part in these music-and-dance mini-shows, do not impede his access to the international stage, on which he has already stepped.

The rather generic human presence, endowed with myths, making its way through life, hesitating between spiritual and bodily pleasures, building worlds torn between dream and reality, crossing perils, hunted by damnation and capable of resurrection, in a word – Man, is an essential point of Felix Aftene’s work. It is all about an anthropocentrism around which the animal and the plant kingdoms gravitate and which is watched by the “cardinal points” of the primary elements. Animals may become friendly or menacing phantasms, the individual imaginative world and the complex, cultural one determining their shapes.

In its intimate substance, the Romanian artist’s work “sails” unrestrictedly from real to fantastic and from figurative to abstract. Aftene builds communication bridges with a tradition connecting Bosch with the surrealists, but which also goes deeper, to the much older sources of the Afro-Asiatic civilisation-founding cultures. Up from the postmodernist promontory one can have a view on the dialogue, rather than on the rupture within the history of art, but this, with binoculars which “cut” fragments and rearrange them freely, this process being defined by an awareness which disintegrates the absolute novelty canon.

Watching the individual or the grouped images created by this artist from Iaşi, one can notice their autonomy, even in the second case. Each one of them stands for universes as such, based on the relevance of the plastic symbol – anecdotic aspects are secondary/elliptical/omitted. “The foreground” is represented by the graphic or the pictorial element, or by the dialogue between the two of them. Displaying the pleasure of working with the coloured matter involves, beyond the visual perception, the stimulation of tactility. These signals originate both from the figurative compositions and from the abstract ones (lyrical, with possible biomorphic or geometric stress; sometimes, these two directions coexist, and their symbolic potential is not overlooked either.)

Felix Aftene seems to be tempted by the freshness and the “bitterness” of a primitive-rendering discourse just as much as he is by the mastered elegance of a timeless mannerism. His characters are defined especially at the level of their attitudes and thus is born a kind of ideograms individualized by lines, shades of colours, value or chromatic quantitative/qualitative connections. From old Egyptian or Persian echoes to neoexpressionist emphasis, from filtered-symbolist reveries to the recall of Romanian traditions on minimal background and the discrete “accessing” of decorative temptations, from matièrisme to ludic-fantastic image “phrasings”, these secondary directions are part of the vital flow of Felix Aftene’s painting and graphics, these two fields of artistic expression communicating thematically and through the signs’ alphabet and complementing each other to form an impressive range of formal-chromatic possibilities.

Due to its very openness to several perception levels, to the generosity of the universe of ideas and to the diversity of the stylistic repertoire, Felix Aftene’s art meets a public unaltered by a singular taste option. Therefore we deal with a living creation in progress. Although beneficially crossed by underground continuities, it is not by far endangered by a monochord identity.

Adrian Guţă



2017 Exhibition "Epidermic" Gallery Ann Art Bucharest

2017 Mémoire spatiale Iasi, Roumanie, Galerie Benjamin Fondane

2016 L’esprit du bleu Londres, Angleterre, Galerie 54 Art Gallery

2016 Masques et visages Paris, Galerie Amarica

2016 Architectures de mémoire Mistelbach, Autriche, Palais Baroque

2015 Monde bleu Nurenberg, Allemagne, Galerie Tiny Griffon

2015 Mémoire des icônes Mongosoaia, Roumanie, Palais Brâncovenesti

2015 Chisinau, Moldavie, Musée National des Arts

2014 Monde bleu Paris, Galerie Amarica

2014 Taxidermie Iasi, Roumanie, Musée des Arts

2013 Taxidermie Copenhague, Danemark, Oxholm Gallery

2013 Taxidermie Bucarest, Roumanie, Galeria Art Yourself

2013 Chute dans le temps Vaslui, Roumanie, Musée des Arts

2012 Intemporel Paris, France, Galerie Amarica

2011 Chute dans le temps Berlin, Allemagne, Berlin List (groupe 3)

2011 Nato Come Home Sibiu, Roumanie, Musée des Arts Brukenthal

2011 Iasi, cité créative Bruxelles, Belgique, Galerie Parlement Européen

2010 Etres imaginaires Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, Espace Culturel

2008 Antropomorphisme Tmisoara, Roumanie, Galerie Carlina

2008 Qu’est-ce qu’un Homme Iasi, France, Dana Gallery

2007 Masques Paris, France, Galerie Amarica

2007 Erotica Baden, Suisse, Galerie Anixis

2006 Atelier Galati, Roumanie, Musée des Arts visuels

2005 Caractères Baden, Suisse, Galerie Anixis

2005 Identité Venise – Vienne – Budapest, exposition itinérante du Centre Culturel Roumain

EXPOSITION 2018 « Réminiscences »

Felix Aftene Alter ego ap 80 x 80 cm 2014
Felix Aftene Apa Aer Foc Pamant ap 40 x 40 cm 2014
Felix Aftene Blow up ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Cadere ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Clovn ap 70 x 70 cm 2017
Felix Aftene Darwin contra Dumnezeu ap 70 x 70 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Drama suprematiei ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Icar postindustrial ap 80 x 80 cm 2017
Felix Aftene In cadru ap 70 x 70 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Introspectie ap 100 x 100 cm 2012
Felix Aftene Jocul ap 60 x 80 cm 2017
Felix Aftene Mansarda ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Scrib ap 100 x 100 cm 2013
Felix Aftene Spatiu taxidermic ap 100 x 100 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Taramul fagaduintei ap 80 x 100 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Taxidermistul ap 100 x 100 cm 2018
Felix Aftene The studio ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Trofeul evolutiei ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
Felix Aftene Vitrina anticariatului ap 80 x 80 cm 2018
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EXPOSITION 2016 « masques et visages »

Le rêve du chasseur 50x60 cm
Le rêve du pêcheur 50x60 cm
L’Annonciateur Chimère 50x60 cm
L’Annonciateur en méditation 50x60 cm
L’Annonciateur 60x50 cm
Les Protecteurs 50x60 cm
Le pêcheur 50x50 cm
Nostalgie 50x50 cm
Migration des chimères 100x120 cm
Méditation 50x60 cm
La Comédie infernale 60x80 cm
Le dompteur de poisson 50x60 cm
Le dompteur d’oiseau 50x60 cm
La charmeuse de cheval 50x60 cm
Le dompteur de cheval 60x80 cm
Chimère 70x70 cm
Chimère 2 80x40x20 cm
Chimère 1 80x40x20 cm
Lévrier 50x60 cm
Atlas 50x60 cm
Adoration 2 50x60 cm
Adoration 1 60x80 cm
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EXPOSITION 2014 « Blue Word »

Felix Aftene - adoratia
Felix Aftene - adoratia2
Felix Aftene - cantul vestitorului
Felix Aftene - cantul_noptii
Felix Aftene - complexul lui Oedip
Felix Aftene - Contemplare
Felix Aftene - Cronos
Felix Aftene - danae
Felix Aftene - dresorul de pasari
Felix Aftene - erotica 2014
Felix Aftene - himere de primavara
Felix Aftene - lectia lui Prometeu
Felix Aftene - meditatie
Felix Aftene - meditatie2
Felix Aftene - Rhea
Felix Aftene - urator
Felix Aftene - vanzatoarea de pasari
Felix Aftene - vestitori
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EXPOSITION 2012 « Intemporel »

Felix Aftene - Perfectiunea
Felix Aftene - Adoratia
Felix Aftene - cronos-ciclul-blue-world
Felix Aftene - rhea-ciclul-blue-world
Felix Aftene - Pasararul
Felix Aftene - Meditatie
Felix Aftene - Himere
Felix Aftene - Prometeu
Felix Aftene - Jocul
Felix Aftene - Danae
Felix Aftene - Spaima
Felix Aftene - Paznicul-viselor
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