Alfonso Recto is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where he majored in Industrial Design. After a few years working in graphic design, a need to pursue a more personal form of self-expression led him into painting.
Alfonso works primarily in the Abstract Expressionist style. He draws on inspiration from personal idols such as Picasso, Basquiat, Kandinsky and De Kooning. Alfonso attempts to create work with a sense of immediacy, spontaneity and energy. He thinks of painting like playing music where one doesn't have the time to think about what the next note, or in the case of painting, brush stroke will be. This, he believes, allows him to reach something truer and more primal in his work.