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JORGE BLANCO

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About the Artists:
In his sculptures, Jorge Blanco works with profound levels of humor that pervade the toy-like character of his pieces. Without being banal or trivial, he is fully aware of the involving dialogue established with the viewer. He emphasizes the planes of his minimalist forms by using carefully calculated geometric shapes. Solid bands of highly saturated color reign with splendor in his sculpture, and his pieces, integrated with urban landscapes, seem to tell us that there will always be a possibility that art can entertain us and make life more joyful.

Biography:
Jorge Blanco is a Venezuelan-American artist, born in Caracas on March 21, 1945. He earned a degree in Industrial Design from the Neumann Institute of Design in Caracas in 1971. Blanco’s early stages as a sculptor brought on intense works of art, portraying angst and oppression. It was in his next phase that he flourished and his true self was exposed.

In the mid-1970s Blanco moved to Rome, Italy. There he attended open classes at the Academy of Fine Arts while he also worked on his sculptures and made a living by doing freelance graphic design and drawing cartoons for various Roman newspapers and magazines. It was there that he developed an idea for a comic strip “The Castaway.”

Blanco left Rome in 1979 for a position at the Caracas Children’s Museum, a science, art and technology center. He served as Art Director there for eighteen years, during which time he also designed the corporate image for the museum.

In 1980 his comic strip became an overnight success with sales in merchandising and books, and even crossing over to television. It was published in major newspapers and magazines in Venezuela. With the hit “Castaway,” his work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and his job as Art Director, Blanco was engulfed in Caracas, reluctantly putting aside his passion: sculpting.

In 1989 Blanco returned to his sculptures, now with a very different approach – using bright colors, a touch of humor and new materials. He began exhibiting his work again, both in Venezuela and the United States.

In 1996 Blanco installed four sculptures in Tokyo, Japan; three were a special commission of the Contemporary Sculpture Centre and the other one stands in the Azabu Juban district. 1997 brought “Maratón” to Caracas – a group of three sculptures installed on the median of a vital motorway of the city. With these projects, Blanco discovered his true passion for public art, and redirected his work to further contribute to the development of culture in our communities while making art accessible to all.

In 1999, Blanco moved to the West Coast of Florida, where he still lives and works. He was recently highlighted by Florida International Magazine as one of the creative individuals that help make the state a destination with unlimited potential. His endeavors in public art have continued strongly with sculptures successfully installed in various cities across the United States and South America.

For the past 38 years, Blanco has developed distinguished careers as a sculptor, graphic designer, humorist and illustrator. Above all, it is through his strength as a sculptor that Blanco leaves a mark, gracing our spaces with his brilliant and distinctive sculptures.

Résumé:
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 "Black, White, Red," a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2012 “Art Nocturne”, Cafmeyer Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
2010 “De Punta en Blanco”, Espacio Tierra Negra Gallery, José Ignacio, Uruguay
2009 “New Sculptures”, HW Gallery, Naples, FL
1997 “Metálicas de Vida Alegre”, Icono Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela
1995 “Humor de Acero”, Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela
1992 “Caras y una Patilla”, Galería Oscar Ascanio, Caracas, Venezuela
1979 “Esculturas y Dibujos”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela
1978 “Scultura e Disegni”, Istituto Italo-Latino Americano, Rome, Italy
1976 “Disegni”, Paesi Nuovi Gallery, Rome, Italy
1974 “30 Dibujos”, Galería Banap, Caracas, Venezuela

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 “Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition”, Polk Museum of Art/City of Winter Haven, FL
2011 “Burst Art Fair”, Miami, FL
2011 “Public Art Exhibition”, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island, SC
2010 “WOW 3”, large-scale sculpture exhibition, Fort Pierce, FL
2008 “Cedarhurst Biennale”, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL
2008 “Third Beijing International Art Biennale”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2008 “WOW 2”, large-scale sculpture exhibition, Fort Pierce, FL
2008 “Where the Wild Things (Still) Are”, The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL
2007 “Sarasota Season of Sculpture 4”, large-scale sculpture exhibition, Sarasota, FL
2007 “Sculpture in the Plaza”, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 “Figuratively Speaking Exhibition”, large-scale sculpture exhibition, Stamford, CT
2006 “Primary Colors”, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 “Sarasota Season of Sculpture Exhibition”, Sarasota, FL
2005 “Grand Opening Exhibition”, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 “New Works”, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2004 “Sculpture”, Fenn Gallery, Woodbury, CT
2004 “Sculpture”, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2004 “ArteAmericas”, Miami, FL
2004 “Sculpture”, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, FL
2004 “Urban Trees”, Port of San Diego, CA
2004 “Sarasota Season of Sculpture”, Sarasota, FL
2003 “Hispanic Artists”, City of Aventura Government Building, Aventura, FL
2003 “Sculpture”, Katherine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2001 “Pier Walk Exhibition,” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1999 “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea”, Firenze, Italy
1998 “Fundraising Gala”, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
1998 “Sculpture”, Galleria Silecchia, Sarasota, FL
1997 “Una Tonelada de Arte”, Sculpture, Miami Beach, FL
1997 “Sculpture”, Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1996 “Esculturas”, Galería Ardentía, Porlamar, Venezuela
1993 “Coca-Cola, 50 años con el Arte”, Galería Oscar Ascanio, Caracas, Venezuela
1993 “Primer Festival de Esculturas”, Centro Cultural Consolidado, Caracas, Venezuela
1987 “Primer Festival de Arte Venezolano”, Galería Oscar Ascanio, Caracas, Venezuela
1981 “Primera Bienal de Artes Visuales”, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
1980 “Esculturas”, Galería Terracota, Caracas, Venezuela
1979 “XVIII Premio Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miro”, Barcelona, Spain
1979 “Dibujos”, Concejo Municipal del Distrito Federal, Caracas, Venezuela
1979 “XXXVII Salon Arturo Michelena”, Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela
1979 “XVII Premio Salón Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miro”, Barcelona, Spain
1979 “Primer Salón de Dibujo Nuevo”, Banco Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
1978 “III Salón Internacional de Escultura, Pintura y Gráfica”, Torre D’Ansperto, Milan, Italy
1977 “Mostra di Artisti Latinoamericani a Roma”, Galleria San Marco, Rome, Italy
1977 “XVI Premio Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miro”, Barcelona, Spain
1977 “Nuevas Proposiciones”, Casa Bello, Caracas, Venezuela
1977 “Muestra de Dibujos”, Sala de la Cultura, Diputación de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
1975 “XXXIII Salón Arturo Michelena”, Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela
1975 “Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Artistas”, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay, Venezuela
1975 “IV Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas”, INCIBA, Caracas, Venezuela
1975 “Plástica Jóven”, Instituto Venezolano del Petróleo, Caracas, Venezuela
1975 “Primer Salón de Dibujo, Grabado y Diseño Gráfico”, Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
1975 “II Salón Nacional de Escultura”, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela
1975 “Varias Visiones”, Galería G, Caracas, Venezuela
1974 “XXXII Salon Arturo Michelena”, Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela
1973 “III Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas”, INCIBA, Caracas, Venezuela
1973 “Primer Salón de Arte Centro Plaza”, Caracas, Venezuela
1971 “Gráfica Joven”, Galería de Arte y Grabado, Caracas, Venezuela

Selected Public Commissions
“Breakaway”, Renown Health Center, Reno, Nevada
“Yellow Thinker”, Renown Health Center, Reno, Nevada
“El Camarada”, José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay
“Freeriding”, Jack Harris Park, North Central College, Petoskey, MI
“Dynamics”, City of Fort Pierce, FL
“For The Goal”, City of Leawood Park, KS
“Red Run Red”, City of Leawood Park, KS
“In The Swim”, Marina Plaza, City of Fort Pierce, FL
“Andalucia”, Riverside Commerce Park, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
“Alfresco”, University Ridge Park, City of Reno, NV
“The Runners”, Awarded by the City of Sarasota, FL
“Smile”, Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
“Positively Red”, Sarasota Season of Sculpture Preview, Sarasota, FL
“Chef Salad” and “Cool Idea”, Sculptures for McDonald’s Corporate Offices, Caracas, Venezuela
“The Castaway”, Poster (mixed media) for McDonald’s Corporate Offices, Caracas, Venezuela
“For the Children”, Large format sculpture, Centro Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela
“Pleasant Tree”, City of Chula Vista Public Library, Chula Vista, CA
“Phoenix”, Anderson Administration Building, City of Venice, FL
“To Be Red”, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Sarasota, FL
“Cartwheel”, Public Arts in the Public Schools Project, Sarasota, FL
“Maratón”, Commissioned by the Ecological Movement “Un Cariño para Mi Ciudad” (A Gift to My City), Caracas, Venezuela
“Nagayama Plaza”, group of three sculptures, Commissioned by the Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan
“Sun Smile”, Awarded by Project SMILE, Azabu Juban, Minato Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Honors and Awards
2012 Honorable Mention, Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Polk Museum of Art/City of Winter Haven, FL
2008 Selected for the Third Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum, Beijing, China
2007 John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, Sarasota, FL
1999 Selected to represent Venezuela in the “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea” (International Biannual of Contemporary Art), Florence, Italy
1998 Second Class “Presidential Order Andrés Bello” for Renowned Artists, by the Government of the City of Caracas, Venezuela
1993 First Class “Order Francisco Fajardo” for Renowned Artists, by the Government of the City of Caracas, Venezuela
1979 “XVII Premio International de Dibujo Joan Miro”, Barcelona, Spain
1979 “Premio Universidad de Carabobo”, XXXVII Salon Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela
1978 Award for Sculpture, Torre D’Ansperto, Milan, Italy
1978 First Award for Medium Format Sculpture, Monterrotondo, Italy
1975 “Premio Universidad de Carabobo”, XXXIII Salon Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela

Education
Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy
1971 Neumann Institute of Design, Caracas, Venezuela, degree in Industrial Design

 


 
 
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