The Dali of Bali

Antonio Blanco's world is charismatic collages and watercolours' transitions, soft  tints and amazing frames, which the maestro made by himself.  They include metal and wood, and even soap and cigarette. The artworks are shocking behaviour and bombast. Nevertheless, his artworks are collections of private collectors around the world. Don Antonio Blanco is often called "The Dali of Bali", but it is up to you how to call him. Anyway, most of his artworks are stricken may be not by it techniques but its elegance of frames and their harmonious match with the picture.
(Thank to Masha Dubrovskaia for next three shoots)

The most obscenities are covered in the Erotic room, so if you are there don't forget to open the shutters.

Smoking as art or harm...? Below, maestro gave his comments as to any other artwork.

Many artworks are readable.

By the way, Antonio Blanco was born in Manila in 1911, studied at National Academy of Art in New York, travelled  during long time for searching the  inspiration and finally landed on Bali in 1952. Here Blanco fell in love and later married with a famous Balinese dancer Ni Rondji, whose famous portrait is hung on the honorary place on the second floor. Unfortunately, the muse of maestro passed away not that long time ago. The maestro's only song among four kids, Mario, continues to find success through his own paintings, which are mostly still life. His artworks could be also viewed in his studio next to the museum.
It is possible even to see the maestro's studio where he created his expressive paintings.
The building of the Blanco Renaissance Museum has a big strange sign. However, after the visit of the museum it is clear that this sign is the biggest maestro's signature to the generation.

The Blanco museum and house are situated on 2 hectares land above the spot where two streams trickle together which was granted to Blanco by the King of Ubud. This very inspirational place is surrounded by conservation endemic bird farm especcially Bali Starlings and Cockas and many tame local birds.


If you plan to visit Ubud, don't pass this inspirational place in the jungles. The museum is open for visit from 9 am to 5 pm including weekends, the entrance cost is 50 000 Rp which is less than $5.