Fran Recache from Spain - Thesseus and the Minotaur

Thesseus and the Minotaur 2008

Oil on canvas · 100 x 100 cm


As part of a series about Greek mythology, ‘Thesseus and the Minotaur’ is Recacha’s interpretation of the classic myth of Theseus in the heat of the moment as he fights against the Minotaur within the labyrinth of Knossos, Crete. Theseus was sent into the maze in order to battle the Minotaur, a mythical creature with a human body and a bull’s head and tail. The artist decided for this remarkable position of the painting in order to enhance the dynamic of the work. It produces a more dramatic and aggressive sense to the artwork, according to Recacha.

About the Artist: Francisco José Recacha (1976) graduat- ed with a degree in Arts from the University of Barcelona and has been working as a figurative and contemporary painter since 2001. Recurring themes in his work are Greek mythology and legends or fairy tales, which the artist reinterprets through contemporary society. Recacha manages to successfully bring these widely used stories into the present in a thrilling and daring manner. His dynamic paintings are edgy, sometimes satirical and full of imagination. Recacha’s paintings are included in collections in Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in exhibitions throughout Spain and internationally. 

text by Jesse Voetman