the-maestro

 

Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his

magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant

building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain,

houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career.

During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist,

full of "Catalan charisma," earned himself the sobriquet "The Fabulous Blanco," an

expression that mirrored his talent for creativity.

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Ni Bawang (The Cinderella of Bali)
Oil on canvas (around 1964)
Collection of the Blanco Museum

 

The legend of Cinderella is found in many forms all over the world. Here is my version: There are four girls; three are very ugly and egotistical. The Step Mother hates Cinderella, the fourth girl, and harasses her constantly. Cinderella finally leaves home and, when she reaches the mountains, Magic Birds befriend her and shower her with gifts of gold, diamonds and love. This legend ends with a Handsome Prince marrying Cinderella and they live happily ever after.

 
 
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Eve's Apple is Still Intact
Oil on canvas (1967) Frame designed by Blanco
Collection of the Blanco Museum

 

Geometric shapes influence us greatly. Here this nude, enveloped within a horizontal oval, would affect us differently were it upright, square, or rectangular. The girl, the apple, the glass flask between her loins, voila! Another of Blanco's erotic fantasies.

 
 
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Odalisque (A Corner in the Blanco studio)
Oil on canvas (1969)
Collection of the Blanco Museum

 

Odalisque is a Turkish word, which implies that (let us say) a Rajah maintains a concubine indoors in his Palace. The seeming disarray in this (oil on canvas) painting speaks of the Greek advice to create works that entail asymmetrical balance that is more enchanting than Balance.Asymmetry ONLY appears as disarray but? finds its center of Balance! I believe this, and have time-testedit in my works of Art?and Life!

 
 
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My Castle of Dreams
Oil on canvas (1962)
Collection of the Blanco Museum

 

Here, within my Shangri La, in the very center, is my Self Portrait. Question: Could not the figure of my model be a blue vase from Ancient Cathay? And, the Vase, the shape of a Woman? Paintings and gongs abound. And, logically, a romantic chandelier replacing The Moon!

 
 
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Bali Girl Oil on canvas

 

Now and then, when a painting is sold, and its collector eventually needs money, I buy it back such as this one to add to our permanent collection in our museum in Bali. This brown-skinned girl of Bali sports a turban upon her head of stylish rainbow colors. Frame, Blanco design.

 
 
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The Meaning of Life (Mystic - Erotica)
Water color / guace

 

Probably, because of the Erotic feeling in his painting, I am compelled to tell a true story that relates to this Mystic-Erotica.I received a letter from an enthusiastic Art collector from London in which he asks: "Antonio, you are rather Philosophic; what have you found to be the meaning of life?" My Answer: "When I am bitting into a ripe succulent Mango in my right hand, and at the same time fondling (with my left hand) the firm buttocks of an 18 year girl…..er…..Model, THAT I have found to be the closest THING to a MEANING FOR LIFE" Frame of red and gold exotic Blanco - design.

 
 
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Portrait of I Kebak
Oil on canvas (1967)
Frame designed by Blanco Collection of the Blanco Museum

 

My wife's late father was Chief, re-elected, in his village in Bali for several years. The dominant expression of his eyes speaks of a man who could lead his village and have the people follow and trust him.

 
 
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Black or White(Parody on Michael Jackson )
Frame, enchanting as usual, designed by Blanco

 

My temperature, our sensual-sense-of-humor, really went sky-high on this collaged poem. I present Jacko herewith selling hats (there is a mountain of hats upon his head). And, then, my poem tells the tale of how this black turned to white. Then I add that the bigger question, or issue, would be: "What would be the color of Michael penis?" Then I state that I am the only one who can answer that pertinent question - by lifting his black hatt off my frame - and, Lo! A tiny orange carrot is disclosed. Remember, there is a method to my madness... Jacko is< vegetarian. And, his penis has turned into - a carrot!

 
 
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Dali's Timepiece Water color / guace

 

A gyroscope whirls; and the reason you can tilt it into any position, and it stays steadfast, is because it has found its Center. Some people go in all directions, yet never find their Center. A small girl in a circus can control whirling plates because she relates to her Center. My works of art are very colored, yet harmonized; creating a Center of beauty and charisma such as in this painting of Dali within his famous timepiece.

 
 
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Balinese Dancer

 

Enchantment, light, youth and in her right hand an incense burner with wafting fragrant incence...rising upwards...upwards to her Gods of Bali. To the tune of the Gamelan cascading arabesque of sound in the temple Dance of the PENDET

 
 
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Sand

 

A gyroscope whirls; and the reason you can tilt it into any position, and it stays steadfast, is because it has found its Center. Some people go in all directions, yet never find their Center. A small girl in a circus can control whirling plates because she relates to her Center. My works of art are very colored, yet harmonized; creating a Center of beauty and charisma such as in this painting of Dali within his famous timepiece.

 
 
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Erotica Water color on paper

 

Erotic works of art could be taken seriously; but this painting with five collaged pink candles is just a lot of fun! The circle is the yoni and the topmost candle is obviously the linggam. The stability of my frame is attained by the pyramid effect of the candles. The woman is happy, indeed, surrounded by all this artistic conglomeration.