Jorge Blanco

(b. 1945 - )

Jorge Blanco

Jorge Blanco (b. 1945) is an international artist who has created a distinctive sculptural language over more than thirty years. His expressions on positive lifestyle are invitations to value its simplicity. Blanco has placed 25 public art sculptures in large format across the globe. In addition to public art, Blanco continues his life trajectory with collectible sculptures, his illustrious comic strip “The Castaway,” and furniture design. Blanco’s technical mastery and flowing geometry has gained him international recognition. His artworks form part of sales in renown auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

In 1971 Blanco graduated as an industrial designer from the prestigious Neumann Institute of Design in Caracas, Venezuela. Under the mentorship of European artists living as expatriates in Caracas, Blanco learned to integrate industrial design with creative processes. His instructors were predominately artists, such as Gego and Cornelis Zitman, who emphasized artistry in their classrooms. Blanco graduated with a degree in industrial design upon the completion of his first furniture line for children, a thesis project that foregrounded much of his future artwork.

Immediately after graduation Blanco began his career as a sculptor, freelance graphic designer and furniture designer. In the late 70s he began studies at Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts, where his geometric minimalism and interest in expressive and yet delicate lines was further enriched. During his stay in Europe Blanco also uncovered the world of cartoonists. This discovery led Blanco to create the most iconic comic strip in Venezuela’s history, “The Castaway.”

In 1980 “The Castaway” made its debut in El Diario de Caracas. The strip’s main character, Castaway, rapidly became a beloved hallmark. Castaway was widely disseminated across the city; it enhanced the city’s metro system even. Eight books have been published on Blanco’s “The Castaway.” For over thirty years, these black and white vignettes have humored viewers, inviting them to contemplate nature and liberty. Through scenes that celebrate philosophical whimsy and human imagination, Blanco narrates heartfelt stories.

As “The Castaway” continued to live its success, Blanco illustrated more than twenty storybooks for children and countless educational books.

His accomplishments as illustrator led him to El Museo de los Niños, where he served as Creative Director for twenty years. During Blanco’s directorship at the Museum, his sculptural work evolved from darker expressions on political ideologies and existentialist absurdity into bright and energetic dialogues supporting newfound values. Love, music, dance, sports and humor motivate Blanco’s widely known oeuvre.

Throughout his career Blanco has designed purposefully. He seeks to engage his audience without requiring intellectual explanations to be understood. Combining geometric precision and figuration, he communicates effectively and immediately. Like the work of his primary influences, Klee, Miró, Herbin and Calder. Blanco’s presents his sculptures in primary colors. Purity of color and form tune the vibrancy of his compositions and resolve his sculptures with a personal kind of sophisticated simplicity.

Blanco’s largest body of work has been created and fabricated in the United States, where he lives and works since 1999. Blanco is continuously honored with accolades, most recently is the DCOTA Star of Design Award, which he was awarded in 2013.

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Public Art

“Go Bongo” 2014 / Site-specific commission for Ghent Station, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
“Thinker & Bird” 2014 / Site-specific commission for University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, USA “Swimming in Jupiter” 2014 / Site-specific commission, Jupiter, Florida, USA
“Air” 2012 / Site-specific commission for the PCMARC. Park City, Utah, USA
“Breakaway” 2011 / Small-scale-site-specific, Renown Health Center. Reno, Nevada, USA “Yellow Thinker” 2011 / Small-scale-site-specific, Renown Health Center. Reno, Nevada, USA “El Camarada” 2010 / Site-specific commission- José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay “Freeriding” 2009 / Jack Harris Park, North Central College. Petosky, Michigan, USA “Dynamics” 2009 / Site-specific commission, City of Fort Pierce. Florida, USA
“For The Goal” 2008 / Site-specific commission, City of Leawood Park. Kansas, USA
“Red Run Red” 2008 / Site-specific commission, City of Leawood Park. Kansas, USA “Andalucia” 2008 / Site-specific commission, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
“Alfresco” 2006 / University Ridge Park. City of Reno, Nevada, USA
“In The Swim” 2005 / Marina Plaza, City of Fort Pierce. Florida, USA
“To Be Red” 2004 / Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Sarasota, Florida, USA
“Pleasant Tree” 2003 / City of Chula Vista Public Library. California, USA
“Phoenix” 2002 / Anderson Administration Building, City of Venice. Florida, USA
“Cartwheel” 2002 / Public Arts in the Public Schools. Sarasota, Florida, USA –
“The Runners” 2001 / Awarded by the City of Sarasota, Florida, USA
“Smile” 2000 / Boulevard of the Arts. Sarasota. Florida, USA
“Maratón” 1997 / Caracas, Venezuela
“Welcome” 1997 / Nagayama Plaza. Tokyo, Japan
“Yellow Man” 1997 / Nagayama Plaza. Tokyo, Japan
“Violet Man” 1997 / Nagayama Plaza. Tokyo, Japan
“Sun Smile” 1996 / Awarded by Project SMILE. Azabu Juban, Minato Ku, Tokyo, Japan
“Sun, Blue & Red 1993 / Caracas, Venezuela

Solo Exhibitions

2014/15 “The Joy of Living” O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2012 “Art Nocturne” Sculpture. Knokke-Heist, Belgium
2010 “De Punta en Blanco” Sculpture. Espacio Tierra Negra Gallery. José Ignacio, Uruguay 2009 “New Sculptures” One-man exhibition. HW Gallery. Naples, Florida, USA
1997 “Metálicas de Vida Alegre” Sculptures & Serigraphs. Icono Gallery. Caracas, Venezuela 1995 “Humor de Acero” Sculptures. Centro de Arte Euroamericano. Caracas, Venezuela 1992 “Caras y una Patilla” Sculpture. 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. Roma, Italia
1976 “Disegni” Paesi Nuovi Gallery. Roma, Italia
1974 “30 Dibujos” Galería Banap. Caracas, Venezuela

Group Exhibitions

2015 “The Lightness of Being: Abstracts: Part I” Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, Florida, USA 2015 “Fluid Formalism: Concepts in Motion” O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2014 “Pinta Art Fair” O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2013 “Black, White & Red” A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite, Sonoma, California, USA

2012 “Aesthetic Perfection” O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
“Scope Miami” Miami, Florida, USA
“Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition” Polk Museum of Art + City of Winter Haven. Winter Haven,

FL USA
2011 “Burst Art Fair” Miami, Florida, USA

“Public Art Exhibition” Coastal Discovery Museum. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA 2010 “WOW 3” Large-scale Sculpture Exhibition. Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
2008 “Cedarhurst Biennale” Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Mt. Vernon, Illinois, USA

“Third Beijing International Art Biennale” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China “WOW 2” Large-scale Sculpture Exhibition. Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
“Where the Wild Things (still) are” The Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, Florida, USA

2007 “Sarasota Season of Sculpture 4” Large-scale exhibition. Sarasota, Florida, USA “Sculpture in the Plaza” Sculpturesite Gallery. San Francisco, California, USA

2006 “Figuratively Speaking Exhibition” Large-scale sculpture. Stamford, Connecticut, USA “Primary Colors” Sculpturesite Gallery. San Francisco, California, USA
“Sarasota Season of Sculpture Exhibition.” Sarasota, Florida, USA

2005 “Grand Opening Exhibition” Sculpturesite Gallery. San Francisco, California, USA “New Works” A New Leaf Gallery-Sculpture Site. Berkeley, California, USA

2004 “Sculpture” Fenn Gallery. Woodbury, Connecticut, USA

“Sculpture” A New Leaf Gallery. Berkeley, California, USA “ArteAmericas” Miami, Florida, USA
“Sculpture” Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Longboat Key, Florida, USA “Urban Trees” Port of San Diego. California, USA
“Sarasota Season of Sculpture” Sarasota, Florida, USA

2003 “Hispanic Artists” City of Aventura Government Building. Aventura, Florida, USA “Sculpture” Katherine Butler Gallery. Sarasota, Florida, USA

2001 “Pier Walk Exhibition” Navy Pier. Chicago, Illinois, USA
1999 “Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea” Florence, Italy
1998 “Fundraising Gala” John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota, Florida, USA

“Sculpture” Galleria Silecchia. Sarasota, Florida, USA
1997 “Una Tonelada de Arte” Sculpture. Miami Beach, Florida, USA

“Sculpture,” Virginia Miller Gallery. Coral Gables, Florida, USA
1996 “Esculturas” Galería Ardentía. Porlamar, Venezuela
1993 “Coca-Cola, 50 años con el Arte” Galería Oscar Ascanio. Caracas, Venezuela

“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, España

“Dibujos” Concejo Municipal del Distrito Federal. Caracas, Venezuela
“XXXVII Salon Arturo Michelena” Ateneo de Valencia. Venezuela
“XVII Premio Salón Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miro” Barcelona, España
“Primer Salón de Dibujo Nuevo” Banco Central de Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela

1978 “III Salón Internacional de Escultura, Pintura y Gráfica” Torre D’Ansperto, Milano, Italia 1977 “Mostra di Artisti Latinoamericani a Roma” Galleria San Marco, Roma, Italia

“XVI Premio Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miro” Barcelona, España
“Nuevas Proposiciones” Casa Bello. Caracas, Venezuela
“Muestra de Dibujos” Sala de la Cultura. Diputación de Navarra, Pamplona, España

1975 “XXXIII Salón Arturo Michelena” Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela
“Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Artistas” Casa de la Cultura. Maracay, Venezuela
“IV Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas” INCIBA. Caracas, Venezuela
“Plástica Jóven” Instituto Venezolano del Petróleo. Caracas, Venezuela
“Primer Salón de Dibujo, Grabado y Diseño Gráfico”. Universidad de los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela “II Salón Nacional de Escultura” Universidad de Carabobo. Valencia, Venezuela
“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 “Primer Salón de Arte Centro Plaza” Caracas, Venezuela

1971 “Gráfica Joven” Galería de Arte y Grabado. Caracas, Venezuela

Selected awards + honors

2013 DCOTA & Charles S. Cohen Stars of Design Award for Art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
2012 Honorable Mention, Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Polk Museum of Art + City of Winter Haven,

Florida, USA
2009 “Presenting a Sculptor, Jorge Blanco” Ringling College Library Associations Art Lecture Series. Sarasota, Florida, USA
2008 Selected for the Third Beijing International Art Biennal. National Art Museum. Beijing, China 2007 John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship. Sarasota, Florida, USA
1998 Second Class “Presidential Order Andrés Bello” for renown Artists. Caracas, Venezuela 1993 First Class “Order Francisco Fajardo” for renowned Artists, by the Government of the City of

Caracas, Venezuela
“Premio Universidad de Carabobo” XXXVII Salon Arturo Michelena. Ateneo de Valencia. Valencia, Venezuela

1978 Award for Sculpture Torre D’Ansperto, Milan, Italy
First Award for Medium Format Sculpture. Monterrotondo, Italy

1975 “Premio Universidad de Carabobo” XXXIII Salon Arturo Michelena. Ateneo de Valencia. Valencia, Venezuela