Don Antonio Blanco Museum is a place where you can savor Balinese
life in motion, with a visit to the family temple or stroll trough the
gardens. Everywhere there are touches of Antoniov Blanco’s life.
The artist’s studio remains undisturbed, the unfinished painting still
on the sunken easel. Women wonder trough the yard, in traditional
Balinese dress carrying offerings. The visitor can see the delicate
flower and palm leaf offerings being made in the courtyard. The Blanco
family provides a personal tour of the museum and grounds. Antonio
Blanco was born on september 15, 1911 in manila the capital of the
Both of his parents was spanish, a fact that Blanco believed linked him
geographically and spiritually to Miro and Salvador Dali. His father
settled in manila during the Spanish – America war, where he attained
prominence as a physician. Balnco was educated at the American Central
School in Manila. During his high school years he loved the arts,
literature and language classes but struggled scientific subject. It is
no wonder tha he spoke six languages. -Spanish, french, english,
tagalog, indonesi, and a bit of Balinese. After completing high school
in manila, Balnco studied at the national academy of art in New York
under the Sidney Dickinson. During those early formative years, Blanco
concentrated on the human form, fascinated by the female body more then
other subject matter.
To further his studies and ignite his traveling spirits, he traveled
extensively throughout the world before he finally landed in Bali on
1952. The Kings of Ubud gave Blanco a pieceof lands to set up his home
and studio in campuhan, Ubud, of the confluence of two sacred rivers.
Blanco and his Balinese wife. The celebrated dancer Ni Ronji, leaved in
their mountain retreat, barely leaving it for the world outside.
Following a brief trip to the United States. Where Blanco acquired many
new collectors, the couple never left their fantasy home again. Living
in serene surrounding with his four children, Tjempaka, Mario, Orchid
and Maha devi, Bali become Blanco’s center. He was fascinated by the
island and completely captivated by its charm.
Blanco lived and worked in his magical hilltop home until his death in
1999, feverishly creating his fantasy portraits of beautiful women.
surrounded by lush gardens, rice fields and with a banyan tree standing
over his family’s temple, Antonio Blanco proceeded to create a new
reality for himself. His artistic outpourings of this isolated world
become much sough after by eager art lovers, collectors and promoters.
Within a few years, Balnco become the most famous foreign artist to make
Bali his home.
He was recognized in both Indonesian and Abroad, receiving numerous
awards and commanding huge prizes at international auctions. By the end
of his life, Blanco had begun building his museum at his studio in
Dramatically his died just before its inauguration. His funeral was
marked by a very important cremation in Ubud. It was Blanco’s dream to
turn studio-mansion into a museum. His son Mario, full filled this dream
by following his path to become a painter. The Blanco renaissance
museum is now open to the public. exposing both the Maestro’s and
Mario’s art works.