Jorge Blanco (American born in Venezuela 1945) is an international artist who has created a distinctive sculptural language throughout his career. His art values a positive lifestyle, creating soaring testaments to the optimism of everyday life. Jorge Blanco’s trademark subject is an abstracted figure that is at once recognizable and joyful. In addition to public art, Blanco continues his life trajectory by making collectible sculptures.
Jorge emmigrated to the United States in 1999 since then he has won many public art commissions in different cities in his adopted country. Blanco’s largest body of work has been created and fabricated in the United States. He utilizes the best practices, processes, and fabrication standards for outdoor and smaller scale work. Jorge lives with his wife on the west coast of Florida.
With a degree (1971) in industrial design from the prestigious Neumann Institute of Design in Caracas, Venezuela, he learned to integrate industrial design with creative processes under the mentorship of instructors who were predominately artists. After graduation Blanco started his career as a sculptor, freelance graphic designer, and furniture designer.
Jorge also studied at Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts. While living in Europe, he discovered the world of cartoonists, which led him to create the most iconic comic strip in Venezuela’s history, “El Náufrago” (The Castaway). In 1980 it made its debut in El Diario de Caracas For over thirty years, Jorge Blanco’s heartfelt vignettes offer scenes that celebrate philosophical whimsy and human imagination.
His accomplishments as an illustrator led him to a science, art and technology center, where he served as Creative Director for twenty years. During Blanco’s directorship at the science center, his sculptural work evolved from darker expressions on political ideologies and existentialist absurdity into bright and energetic dialogs supporting newfound values. Love, music, dance, sports and humor motivate Blanco’s widely known oeuvre.
Throughout his career, Jorge Blanco has designed purposefully. His work embraces scale, landscape, urbanism and technology. In a singular fashion, his art, with its striking colors and impressive scale, imbues the surrounding landscape, architecture, and social context with an unforgettable joyful aura. Look closely at his subtle and distinctly personal visual lexicon and you will spot the influence of Alexander Calder, Paul Klee and Joan Miro among others. Yet there is nothing derivative about his emblematic and geometric abstractions. They are a direct response and addition to each site.