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.

MASTERPIECE

Blanco MasterpieceNi 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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Blanco MasterpieceEve'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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