Jorge Blanco (American born in Venezuela 1945) is an international artist who has created a distinctive sculptural language over more than forty years. His art values a positive lifestyle. Jorge creates soaring testaments to the optimism of everyday life. Jorge Blanco’s trademark subject is an abstracted figure that is at once recognizable and joyful. His numerous large format public art sculptures may be seen across the globe. In addition to public art, Blanco continues his life trajectory by making collectible sculptures.
Jorge has lived and worked in Sarasota, Florida since 1999 and has won many public art commissions in different cities in his adopted country. He has also created numerous works for private collectors in the United States and in different parts of the world.
Jorge Blanco, renowned for his colorful sculpture installations with the lyricism and grand proportions that heighten a viewer's sense of imagination, presents SOLO BLANCO at Alfstad& Contemporary, April 19 – May 19. This is Blanco’s first solo exhibition in Sarasota, where the Venezuela-born artist has lived and worked for two decades. “It brings me much joy to finally have my first solo exhibition in my adopted hometown of Sarasota,” says Blanco.
Jorge Blanco is celebrated for the geometric, often representational, and always playful, industrial-inspired sculptures he first fabricated from thick flat slabs of painted wood, bronze, and most recently aluminum. Playing off of Alexander Calder's Stabile's of the 20th Century, Blanco's stationary abstract sculptures can portray figures, and everyday objects, with few simple forms—a semi-circle and hole become a Picassoesque face on top of shapes perhaps pulled from a Miro painting that forms the foundation of the figure. The works, filled with humor and amusing proportions, evoke whimsy and delight. “My goal is to produce happiness,” says Blanco, “and, to have viewers of my work enjoy the beautiful part of life.”
In the early 80s, the artist began receiving recognition for a comic strip he produced about an exiled man on a tiny island with a single palm tree—the perfect setting for a comical Castaway. Simultaneously, Blanco was in charge of all graphics designed for the Museo de Los Niños de Caracas (Children’s Museum of Caracas), an institution comparable to a small Disney-land that aimed to teach children about science, technology, culture, and arts. It was there that Blanco created the Museum's mascot, a playful and curious child named Museito, as well as the institution’s entire collection of graphics, signage, publications, animations and promotional materials. That playfulness and whimsy, along with the art historical reference of Klee, Calder and Miro is apparent in all of Blanco’s internationally acclaimed sculptures.