antonio Blanco

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Antonio Blanco was born on September 15, 1911, in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Both of his parents were Spanish. Blanco was educated at the American Central School in Manila. After completing high school in Manila, Blanco studied at the National Academy of Art in New York under Sidney Dickinson. During those early formative years, Blanco concentrated on the human form, fascinated by the female body more than any other subject matter. To further his studies and ignite his traveling spirit, he traveled extensively throughout the world before he finally landed in Bali in 1952. Blanco and his Balinese wife, the celebrated dancer Ni Ronji, lived 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 surroundings with his four children, Tjempaka, Mario, Orchid and Maha Devi, Bali became 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.
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Agung Mangu Putra 1963

Agung Mangu Putra was born 1963 in Bali, Indonesia. He studied at the faculty of Art and Design at ISI (Indonesia Arts Institute) and graduated in 1990. His first group exhibition was held in Denpasar, bali in 1987, and his first solo exhibition was held 3 years later in Ubud. He received the Best in Design Arts award at the 4th and 5th Anniversary of ISI, and was one of 10 finalist at the 1994 Philiip Morris Award. Mangu Putra's presents dreamlike landscapes rendered on canvas using unusual texturing materials which can include such materials as pasta and glue. This exciting and very talented artist has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions throughout Indonesia and abroad.
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Lee Man Fong

Lee Man Fong was born in Canton, China. At three years old, his family emigrated to Singapore. In 1932, he uprooted once again, this time to Indonesia, to become a commercial artist. He became a full time artist in 1940, and in 1949, he was awarded a grant by the Dutch government for a three year art scholarship in The Netherlands. Upon his return, he was noticed by then President Sukarno, a powerful and influential arts patron, and was appointed as the curator to the presidential collection. Lee drew inspiration from Balinese subjects and he did a series of large paintings depicting various activities in Bali’s daily life which are remarkable. After the fall of Sukarno, Fong retreated into private life until his death in 1988.
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Huang Gang

Huang Gang was born 1961 in Beijing, China. A Master Degree graduate of the China Central Academy of Art & Design, he lived through the violent and turbulent Cultural Revolution. That experience left an indelible mark in his psyche that has influenced his mixed media works. Incorporating both western and eastern elements, Gang' s creations have been exhibited and well received in Singapore, China, Korea, Germany, France, Switzerland and exclusively in the United States at Galerie Zuger in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His fascination with Tibetan culture is evident in a majority if his works, whereby he incorporates indigenous Tibetan timber and hand written buddhist scriptures as well as religious motifs such as the Mandala.
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I Nyoman Masriadi

Masriadi was born 1973 in Gianyar, Bali. He received his training in art at the Institute Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. Presently, Nyoman Masriadi is one of the most well received contemporary Indonesian artist in the Art world. He has received various awards for his work, including the Best Painting Award at the Des Natalis Awards in 1997, held by the Yogyakarta Art Institute (ISI). Since 1993, he has participated in group exhibitions in Australia and the Netherlands, and in Indonesia: In Bali, Jakarta, Mungkid (Mageland), Solo, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. In 2008, he held his first solo exhibition "Black is my weapon" at the Singapore Art Museum
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Basoeki Abdullah

Basoeki Abdullah was born 1915 in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. The love for Art runs thick in his blood, his father was the artist Abdullah Soerjo Soebroto (1878 - 1942) who was also a dancer. In 1935, Basoeki Abdullah was awarded a prestigious Art scholarship to study for 2 years at the Academie Voor Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in the Netherlands. After graduation, he travelled around Europe to cities in Italy and France in order to further his knowledge of the arts. Between 1962 to 1976, he lived in Thailand and served as a painter for the royal family. Later, back in Indonesia he joined the Poetera, People' s Activity Center in Batavia, Jakarta. In his lifetime, Basoeki was awarded many times, and had participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad, and is considered one of Indonesia' s finest masters.
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Krijono was born 1951 into an artist family in 1951 in Jakarta. His mother is a Batik Factory owner and his father is a painting collector who owns Harris Art Gallery. He developed a deep love for the arts through his early exposure. In 1970, Krijono studied at the Indonesia Academy of Art (ASRI), Yogyakarta. The artist uses bright colors, spontaneous brush strokes and bold lines in his striking expressionistic paintings. Regarding the use of colors, Krijono feels he can choose any color and use it to satisfy the needs of his creation, and refusing to mix colors to create new colors. "I am a painter, not a paint mixer" He once said. Krijono has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan
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