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 MasterpieceOdalisque (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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Blanco MasterpieceMy 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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