b. Philippines, 1912 - d. Bali, 1999
BALINESE FANTASY, undated
Watercolour on paper
62cm x 47cm
Collection of Henry Ringer Estate, Belgium.
Private collection, Singapore
ESTIMATE RM 32,000 - 42,000
PRICE REALISED RM 35,840
|Born in the Philippines in 1911 to Spanish parents, Antonio Blanco travelled the globe and studied at the National Academy of Art in New York. The artist arrived in Bali in 1952 and married Ni Ronji, a locally famous dancer. He was given land overlooking the Campuan River by the King of Ubud and made a impressive sanctuary out of this hilltop retreat. The mix of Balinese and Spanish architecture is astonishing.
He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in New York, and was later professionally based in Florida and California. He has been honoured by several international art organisations. His awards include the Tiffany Fellowship, New York; La Cofradia del Arrios, Spain; and Chevalier du Sahanetrei from Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia. He lived in Ubud, Bali from 1952 until his death in 1999.
Antonio Blanco is renowned for his flamboyant personality and lavish taste. Such characteristics are translated by the sensual bodies of his models in his paintings.