We recently found that the paintings sold us as a recreation by Leonid Afremov, was not done by the artist. The family should have multiple canvas signed by Leonid on the back of the blank canvas, and the studio stuff make fast, low quality recreation, when the order received. Smart scam - no overstock plus orders prepaid and money received. Would you believe that the artist made a thousand recreations of his own works, yet in the different sizes to spend his lifetime?!
We were waiting one and a half month from the order day to the shipping date. David Afremov lied us that the reason for a delay of the shipping is low number of stuff. When order finally came, we noticed too many discrepancies with the image posted on website and a very different colors. In addition, the shop that stretched a canvas, told us that the paint is very fresh, it was notable despite of the varnish put on canvas to hide it. The recreation looks OK from the far, but at close look, you can clearly see the fast, low quality work. We have the original painting by Leonid Afremov, bought seven year ago, so we can clearly see that the recreation done by another hand.
After our review on Trustpilot, the business contacting us. First, they tried to advance us that we did not read the description correctly, and they never said that we ordered the recreation done by Afremov. After we provided the description came with our order, Afremov.com offered a refund that we agreed to. They promised to return money in 5 business day, but they did not. On every inquiries, the 5 days refund promise in moving to the later days. Totally scam business. We want to get our money back and let the world know about this scam business and prevent people from buying the colorful junk.
Charles, thank you for your comments and advise. We realized that painting is fake after we stretched it. Afremov.com asked us to return the "art" in order to provide a refund. Since we already paid for the stretching, we framed the painting and donated it to the local nursing home. We've got several thankful calls from the administration of nursing home, admitting their residents are enjoying our gift. This fact makes us to feel better about our sad story. We received 50% refund after I posted a review on Trustpilot.
Honestly, I think this business should be reported to the Attorney General Office, but, at the same time, I know that nobody will spend time to investigate it, because of insignificant financial harm, plus the business is operating from Mexico. Do you know if there is any professional organization for the artists exists? If yes, they might help to stop this scam.
Too sad to realize such a business exist. It seems like a signature on the back of canvas is real signature of Leonid Afremov, and I am very concerned about it. If I am correct, the artist knew about the family plans to sell the fake "art" under his name and promoted this plan.