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The 10 Most Important Venezuelan Artists

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Helen Brady
Updated: 11 January 2017
Initially dominated by religious iconography in the 19th century, Venezuelan art succumbed to the influence of modernism in the 20th century with later practitioners establishing their own Latin American version of modernism. As these ten artists reveal, Venezuela has become synonymous with a wide spectrum of artistic endeavor which is both uniquely Latin American and worthy of comparison with the best international art.

Jorge Blanco

Jorge Blanco is an artist from Venezuela who emigrated to the United States in 1999. Irreverent and unconventional, his works are placed within public sites in the United States, Venezuela and Japan. Blanco’s early training was rooted in industrial design and in 1970 he graduated from the prestigious Neumann Institute of Caracas in Venezuela, before going on to study at Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts where he learned of artists such as Klee, Herbin, Calder and Miro who came to have a definitive influence upon his later work. At the end of the 1970s and early 1980s, his comic strip El Náufrago won international acclaim for its refined humor and poetic philosophy. His sculptures retain this mentality, and Blanco has experimented with Lycra, rope, wood, bronze and mirrors within his work, and in 1992 began to explore color and metal as primary material. The sculptures, which are scattered across several parks in the USA, have are geometric studies and interpretations of his own internal world.