Antonio Maria Blanco
Antonio Mario Blanco (1926-1999; Manila, Philippines) studied at the National Academy of Art in New York City, U.S.A. He has lived in Bali since 1952. His spontaneous style works feature voluptuous nude women, often in rather erotic or suggestive poses, with unusual frames designed by the artist himself. Awards: National College or Windsor honorary doctorate (Canada, 1948), Chevalier du Sahametri Scroll Decoration and silver medal (phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1950), title of “Don” (Madrid, Spain, 1992), Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1995). Exhibitions: Singapore Art Museum (1994), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
|Ni Cempaka, named after the fragrant cempaka (champak) flower, is Blanco’s daughterby his Balinese wife. The dynamic movements of Balinese dance are shown withquick, spontaneous brush strokes in the figure and background. The illusion of motion also is repeated as her hair flies through the air, the blurred hands, and the lower part of her body not visible.|