Eduardo Blanco

Born in: 1974 León, Spain
Lives in: Mallorca, Spain
Describe your art in three words: Expressive, Vibrant, Emotional.
Discipline: Painting, Mixed media
See More Work:  https://www.eduardoblancoart.com/

Old memories - Oil, iron oxide, and copper on canvas on stretcher frame. 130 x 97 cm

"In my art, every stroke narrates a story, woven from learning and experience. Contemporary and daring, my work challenges norms, embracing the present with alla prima technique and layered meanings. Realism meets expressionism, while abstraction invites exploration. Art is my journey, each brushstroke a step into the unknown. Through careful reflection and instinctive execution, I infuse vitality."

What themes does your work involve?
In my art, I navigate a vast range of subjects, but always return to portraiture as my true north. Each human face, with its stories and emotions, fascinates me. While landscapes enchant with nature's beauty, portraits offer a unique depth, a direct link to humanity's essence. Horses, symbols of nobility and power, are a recurring motif. Capturing their elegance in every stroke is a constant challenge. And through commissions, I explore diverse themes, from intimate portraits to historical events, meeting the desires of collectors and buyers alike.
Describe your creative process.
In my creative process, it all begins with finding a motive that grabs me, something that inspires me deeply. Once found, I reflect on how to capture it, which involves making crucial decisions. From there, each piece takes its own path. Sometimes, I start with acrylic layers before transitioning to oil; other times, I incorporate previous textures with the canvas or board primer. In the last year, I have experimented with iron oxides, copper, or brass. Occasionally, I have also worked with grisailles. albeit not conventionally. Every artwork represents a new universe to explore, filled with possibilities and paths to discover.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Among my influences, I could mention many contemporary artists like Lita Cabellut, Costa Dvorezky, Luis Azón or Christian Hook, as well as classical artists such as Sorolla, Zorn, or Freud. Almost every day, I discover artists or artworks that captivate and motivate me. Inspiration can also come from many other places, like a sunset, a play of light, people in a park... I paint because it's already a part of me, because I love it and because I've found in art an eternal path of learning and emotion. The creative drive and curiosity lead me to explore and remain open to any source of inspiration, which can come from the most unexpected places. One just needs to keep their eyes and curiosity wide open.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The notion of what makes a piece good is subjective. Ultimately, it's about evoking emotion, which varies from person to person. Commercial factors come into play too—market value, potential appreciation. Collectors often aim to profit from their investment, but I can't concern myself with those matters. As an artist, I focus on the emotional aspect. I paint what catches my attention, when I want to convey something, when something moves me. If my pieces resonate with an audience, great! I paint to satisfy myself first, with the hope of connecting with some people.
What is the role of the artist today?
It varies... not all artists are the same. Some are deeply involved in social or political issues, believing it's their duty to convey advocacy messages. Others, myself included, are more interested in beauty, crafting evocative imagery, or establishing internal connections through portraiture. All these roles are valid and necessary. Diversity in art, across all its facets, enriches us.

 


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist