Alex Boican – Artist

I am a self-taught artist based in Folkestone, UK, specialising in both abstract and figurative oil painting. My style is best described as expressionist. However, it tends to vary. I quickly tire of easy solutions, and I am in a perpetual search for new ideas and themes, colours and shapes.

Alex Boican

Drawing and painting have always been my passion. In my late teens I started making oil paintings in Romania, and after arriving in the UK in 1990, I continued painting as a hobby for around 15 years. At that point, I interrupted painting to pursue literature studies, eventually gaining a PhD in Romanian Literature. ​

​In 2020 during the lockdown, I moved from London to Folkestone on the Kent coast, and rediscovered oil painting. Picking up the brush again I understood that painting is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Ideas for new paintings come to me every day, as if they have been secretly stored up during the time I did not paint. The only worry I have now is that I will not have the time to transpose all these ideas into paintings.


March 2022

I was recently interviewed by ‘Folkestone Status’ on 105.9 Academy FM alongside fellow artist David Alderman, with whom I collaborated for the ‘Heads’ joint exhibition at Touchbase Gallery.

You can listen to the interview in full below:

The ‘Heads’ exhibition is running from 15th – 29th March 2022 at Touchbase Gallery, 15 Tontine St, Folkestone, CT20 1JT.