Alec Borenstein (b. 1942), the renowned French-Israeli artist, counts over 300 oils paintings and 500 drawings in museums and private collections around the world.
A child prodigee, some of his works were exhibited at the Tel-Aviv museum in 1952 when he was only ten years old. The well known Israeli newspaper Maariv reported this unusual and exceptional event in a in depth article that helped to launch a long and interesting career.
In the past 25 years Alec Borenstein has created a personal universe best explained in the artistic concept of series.
Recent exhibitions have included the Musee Maillol and the International Congress of the Societe Psychanalitique de Paris (CNIT- Paris La Defense).
You can discover some of his latest paintings alongside works of Georges Braque, Alexander Calder and Sonia Delaunay at the Galerie Saphir .
The art critic Leon Abramovicz, the art historian Jean-Clarence Lambert and the philosopher and psychoanalist Daniel Sibony have each described Alec Borenstein's art in perceptive words:
Man of culture and confirmed artist, Alec Borenstein found a new way to look at the world. His works and style evolved from figurative to abstract, eventually reaching a modern realism with fantasizing undertones. His checkered tablecloth are playful games of transition between the abstract and the figurative styles, showing a will and eagerness to transcend the real. Without having to shout he conveys great things. Alec Borenstein strength and discretion are the marks of the greatest artists. Through his own world he achieves the universal.
Leon Abramovicz 1993
Alec Borenstein says, with ingenuousness, that what he desires is to reveal the invisible. For many this is a cliché, but in his case it is a "calculated" Art, notwithstanding the fact that it eludes calculation. An Art very "thought" but overflowed by the unthought. His genius, his secret, is the art of the double way, of the space in between, of the journeys always forked......the canvas moves forward and at each memorable step there is a junction: a choice between the "true" way and the "seductive" way which can have its specific truth; between the involvement of the being - of the other, the unconscious - and the involvement of the artist which is here present and is searching. Which road is he going to take?
Daniel Sibony 2000
Alec Borenstein gave a logical following to his "novel in images": painting from which the primeval element, the obsessional thought, is a cloth, a material with creases and double folds......The checkered tablecloth are from an optical virtuoso who takes as much pleasure in making the squares felt as in creating variations in colours and their intensity. Alec Borenstein creates some visible-invisible, some possible-impossible and let us see the paintings he has not painted.
Jean-Clarence Lambert 2000