ARTIST SPOTLIGHT


Alexander Tinei (b. 1967, MD) Portrait, biography, career facts, books & selected works.

Portrait of Alexander Tinei. / Photo: Galleria Doris Ghetta.


Alexander Tinei, born in 1967 in Caushani, Moldova, is a visual artist residing and working in Budapest, Hungary.[1] Tinei is primarily known for painting portraits and figures in a characteristic muted skin with colorful — most often blue — vein-like stigmatic signs on their bodies.


Found photographic material functions as a starting point from which the image departs. The figures are depicted in a new context, examining the relationship between time and (the existence of) the human body.[2] As a result, his works seem to have a significant metaphysical character, drenched in a melancholic atmosphere. The anonymity of the 'found' figures raise questions of identity, authenticity[3] and feel as if universal, a depiction of a collective humanity, having a direct impact on the viewer.


The Moldovan artist can be situated in a wider movement of Eastern European Painting as a part of New Figurative Painting, marked by a figurative visual language in a darker atmosphere. In Tinei's earlier work, from 2008 up to roughly 2013, his paintings were characterized by a dark, most often black, background. The skin of his figures, reminiscent to German mannerists such as Lucas Cranach (1472-1553), create a strong contrast in his paintings, as if the light is coming from his tormented figures. Motives such as birds, trees, absent faces and the characteristic blue veins, are a continuum throughout his oeuvre.


Around 2013-2014, there is a visible transition in the esthetics of his works. Colour finds its way in to his images, as well as fractured paint on the surface of the canvas. The trees from his dark world in his earlier work seem to have transformed into branches, roots or sometimes even plants or flowers. The characteristic manner of image building remains, as do certain compositions, such as 'the kiss', 'boy with a stick', and so on (cf. infra; selected works — 2008-2020). However, his imagery becomes more complex and layered, as a collage in paint. Besides this development in his oeuvre, Tinei also creates collages, graphite works, installations, and recently, he has been repainting photographs.


Career facts


Being born and raised in Soviet Moldova, Alexander Tinei studied at the Chisinau Repin State Collage of Fine Arts in Moldova from 1988-1991.[4] During the 00s, the Moldovan painter established himself in the art world with his first international shows in 2003 in Budapest, Amsterdam and Belgrade. In 2004 Tinei participated in Documenta in Regensburg Germany and in 2006 he was part of the 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art in Shumen, Bulgaria. In 2011 he was also part of the Prague Biennal 5, Czech Republic.


Ever since, Tinei has had shows in Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Denmark and Greece, including major shows at The Saatchi Gallery in London or Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague. Further, the Moldovan artist is featured in collections by institutions such as The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin in Oelde/Stromberg, Germany, and the Eileen S. Kaminksy Family Foundation in New Jersey, United States.


Alexander Tinei is highly ranked in the Artfacts ranking as top 10.000 globally and top 10 in Moldova.[5]


Alexander Tinei books — Selected bibliography


Jane Neal, Alexander Tinei. Paris/Leipzig: Galerie Dukan, 2015. [included in] Barry Schwabsky, Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting. London: Phaidon, 2011. (available on Amazon) [included in] Charlotte Mullins, Picturing People: The New State of the Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. (available on Amazon) [included in] Suzanne Hudson, Painting Now. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. (available on Amazon).



Selected works — 2008-2020


(Video) Alexander Tinei – Selected Works 2008-2020.



Alexander Tinei, Fields, 2020. Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2019. Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta.



Alexander Tinei, Measuring the roots, 2019. Oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta.



Alexander Tinei, Head in colors, 2018. Oil and collage on cardboard 48 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta.



Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2018. Oil on cardboard 139 x 93 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Boy with a stick, 2016-2018. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Warhol, 2017. Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria.



Alexander Tinei, Andy's hand, 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas 25 x 20 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria.



Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2017. Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan.



Alexander Tinei, Portrait of a boy, 2017. Oil on canvas 45 x 35 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria.



Alexander Tinei, Paper box, 2017. Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Social experience, 2017. Oil on canvas 270 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan.



Alexander Tinei, Fille à l'éventail, 2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan.



Alexander Tinei, Boy with a stick, 2015-2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Girl with an axe, 2015-2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Untitled, 2015. Oil on paper 68.7 x 60.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Untitled, 2014. Oil on paper 34 x 28 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta.




Alexander Tinei, Bird, 2013. Oil on canvas 52 x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Horse, 2013. Oil on paper 64 x 44 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Birds, 2012. Oil on canvas 240 x 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Mother and child, 2012. Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist.


Alexander Tinei, Nymphs, 2011. Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Sitting figure, 2010. Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Light, 2009. Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alexander Tinei, Mask, 2008. Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Edited by Julien Delagrange Published online on 1/11/2020 by Contemporary Art Issue © 2020

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Notes: [1] Galleria Doris Ghetta, Alexander Tinei at http://www.dorisghetta.com/alexander-tinei-eng consulted 21/10/2020. [2] Déak Erika Galéria, Alexander Tinei. at http://www.deakerikagaleria.hu/index.php/en/muveszek/item/85-alexander-tinei consulted 21/10/2020. [3] Artsy, Alexander Tinei. at https://www.artsy.net/artist/alexander-tinei consulted 21/10/2020. [4] Ibidem note 1. [5] Artfacts, Alexander Tinei at https://artfacts.net/artist/alexander-tinei/78633


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List of illustrations: Portrait of Alexander Tinei. / Photo: Galleria Doris Ghetta. Alexander Tinei, Fields, 2020. Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2019. Oil on canvas 140 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta. Alexander Tinei, Measuring the roots, 2019. Oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta. Alexander Tinei, Head in colors, 2018. Oil and collage on cardboard 48 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta. Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2018. Oil on cardboard 139 x 93 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Boy with a stick, 2016-2018. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Warhol, 2017. Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria. Alexander Tinei, Andy's hand, 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas 25 x 20 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria. Alexander Tinei, Kiss, 2017. Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan. Alexander Tinei, Portrait of a boy, 2017. Oil on canvas 45 x 35 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Déak Erika Galéria. Alexander Tinei, Paper box, 2017. Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Social experience, 2017. Oil on canvas 270 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan. Alexander Tinei, Fille à l'éventail, 2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dukan. Alexander Tinei, Boy with a stick, 2015-2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Girl with an axe, 2015-2016. Oil on canvas 200 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Untitled, 2015. Oil on paper 68.7 x 60.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Untitled, 2014. Oil on paper 34 x 28 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Doris Ghetta. Alexander Tinei, Bird, 2013. Oil on canvas 52 x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Horse, 2013. Oil on paper 64 x 44 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Birds, 2012. Oil on canvas 240 x 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Mother and child, 2012. Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Nymphs, 2011. Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Sitting figure, 2010. Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Light, 2009. Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Alexander Tinei, Mask, 2008. Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



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