Aleksandar Rafajlović is descendant of the Dimitrijević-Rafailović family of fresco and icon painters, eleven of them in five generations from the Boka Kotorska school of painting who, starting in 1680 with the first signed icon until the second half of the 19th century, make Europe’s longest running family art workshop.
He started out as a painter in the early1980s, presenting a new artistic expression that re-examined the legacy of abstract painting. For the past fifteen years, his work has been dominated by photography which he accesses and scrutinises through his own artistic experience, and through premises and the potential of the media of the classic image. During that period, he has produced several photographic series with the motives and scenes that link them mostly to Algarve, primarily the town of Quarteira which he inhabits during the summer months and also Villamoura where he works as a street portrait artist.
Everything in his photographs comes second compared to men, his existence, everyday work, dilemmas and uncertainties regarding power/lessness, freedom/lessness, needs, responsibilities, conditioning, ideals, identity, life and death…