• Laguna del Condado

    “Laguna del Condado* ”

    Date 2007
    Dimensions 7"x 84"
    Category Installation
    Medium Fired clay with enamels on Plycem support
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Condado Lagoon
  • Órgano listo para trasplante

    “Órgano listo para trasplante* ”

    Date 1997
    Dimensions 17 1/2"x 13"x 13"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fired clay, wood, plexiglas, and decal
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Organ ready for transplant
  • Manzanita Colorada

    “Manzanita Colorada* ”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions 14"x 14"x 14"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fired clay, wood, plexiglas, decal and metallic elements
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Red Apple
  • Estudio en gris

    “Estudio en gris* ”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions 26"x 17"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fired clay on plycem support
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Study in Grey
  • La Barca

    “La Barca* ”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 27"x 18"x 7"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Clay and enamels on steel base
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The boat
  • Grafiti I y II

    “Grafiti I y II* ”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 21"x 7"x 30"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Clay and oil based spray paint on cement base
    Genre Abstract
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Graffiti I and II
  • Escudos para reinas de belleza

    “Escudos para reinas de belleza* ”

    Date 1989
    Dimensions 19"x 53"x 5"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fired clay and metal pins
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Compañía de Turismo Collection
    Acknowledgement * Title Translation: Shields for beauty queens
  • Paisaje Nocturno

    “Paisaje Nocturno* ”

    Date 1987
    Dimensions 27"x 12"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Clay
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Centro de Bellas Arte Luís A. Ferré Collection
    Acknowledgement * Title Translation: Nocturnal Landscape
  • Testigo, solo uno y mudo

    “Testigo, solo uno y mudo* ”

    Date 1988
    Dimensions 22"x 14"x 6"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Plate, local reduction
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Casa Candina Collection
    Acknowledgement * Title Translation: Witness, only one and mute
  • Paisaje redondo II

    “Paisaje redondo II* ”

    Date 1984
    Dimensions 20"x 20"x 12"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Clay
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Ateneo Puertorriqueño Collection
    Acknowledgement * Title Translation: Round Landscape II
  • Laguna del Condado
  • Órgano listo para trasplante
  • Manzanita Colorada
  • Estudio en gris
  • La Barca
  • Grafiti I y II
  • Escudos para reinas de belleza
  • Paisaje Nocturno
  • Testigo, solo uno y mudo
  • Paisaje redondo II

Sylvia Blanco

Santurce, PR, 1943

Biography Details

Sculptor, ceramicist, and teacher. Blanco graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, in 1964, and began courses at the Caparra Studio in Guaynabo (founded by Jaime Suárez and Maribel Toro in 1972) and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She has taken part in several local events and, internationally, in the International Art Ceramics Competition in Faenza, Italy, in 1983 and 1986, where her pieces were awarded gold medals. Her work helped shatter the notion of ceramics as a “minor art” when it was given first prize for sculpture at the annual Plastic Arts Competition sponsored by the Ateneo Puertorriqueño; she later became chair of the Department of Sculpture at the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts. She has worked in several ceramic techniques, with particular mastery of reduction firing. The circle is a constant motif in her work, almost always functioning as a ground for the landscapes and seascapes that she favors.

Artist Statement

“The ceramic universe is so broad that it never bores. I’ve been using clay as a medium of expression for more than 25 years. I only work clay fired at low temperatures. The finish made with slips and oxides was a good complement for my spheres and landscapes from the 1980s when I was exploring the relationship between my surroundings and my material. Then, the subject of female pathos seduced me for several years, hearts, altars and monoliths RAKU fired, of course.  For me RAKU was exorcism, and metamorphosis.

I am passionate about the research and possibilities of expression offered by clay - three-dimensional sculptures, plaques and reliefs, the hand-built vessel, installations and the combination with other materials. I am interested in the challenge of finding that balance between expression, permanence and fragility.

Now I’m working on a mural depicting images rescued from the chaos of memory, a memory of a Caribbean woman, covered with color and shiny enamel ".

Sylvia Blanco, 2007

Formation

Education

2013

  • Study trip. Vietnam and Cambodia

1964

  • Bachelor’s of Art. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

2007

  • Director and Designer. “Laguna del Condado” Mural", Compañía de Parques Nacionales, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004-2007

  • Director and Designer. Oxmar Center Mural, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Field Trip to Madrid and Bilbao. Students from the Arnaldo Roche Scholarship and Faculty from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000-2001

  • Collaborator. Painter John Balossi’s Mural. Galería Viota, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Field Trip to Madrid and Bilbao. Students from the Arnaldo Roche Scholarship and Faculty from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Director. Ceramics Workshop, Programa de Arte en los Barrios (Art in Underserved Communities Program), Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996-1998

  • Coordinator. SOS Program in Puerto Rico, Smithonian Institution and National Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Propriety, Washington DC, United States

1997-1998

  • Director. Mural Program, Escuela Vilá Mayo and La Perla, Programa de Arte en los Barrios (Art in Underserved Communities Program), Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Director. Ceramics Mural Program, Municipality of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995-1998

  • Director. Sculpture Faculty, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993-1994

  • Director. Visual Arts Division, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • President. Asociación de Mujeres Artistas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Co-editor. Nueva Imagen Publishing House, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989-1991

  • Director. Summer Ceramics Mural Program, Oficina de Desarrollo Cultural, Municipality of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988-1991

  • Director. Sculpture Faculty, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Lecturer. II Ceramics Triennial, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

1983-1985

  • Professor. Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982-1993

  • Member. Board of Directors, Art Students League, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982-1987

  • Professor, Art Students League, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1978-1980

  • Member. Grupo Manos de Cerámica, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2005

  • Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • El barro en las manos, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Pájaros, El Fénix de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Galería Botello, Plaza Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982

  • Galería San Gerónimo, Condado Plaza Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1979

  • Formas y superficies, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1978

  • Galería Manos, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2013

  • Arteando, Museo-Casa de Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Exhibición en pro de Ballets de San Juan, Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Espacio 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Piedra, metal y madera, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Remembrances, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Intercambio 3/2, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Barro de dos tierras, Mont Petit Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Casa Abierta en la Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Art Gallery Nights, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Aniversario Mon Petit Gallery, Mont Petit Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • VI Bienal de Cerámica de Casa Candina, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Maestros y Alumnos: Tres generaciones, Consejo de Educación Superior de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pequeño formato de la Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, Museo de Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 100 años después, cien artistas contemporáneos, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Cerámica puertorriqueña, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Facultad de  la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • El Barro en las manos, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Siete Evas y un Adán, Mon Petit Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Facultad de  la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Intercambio 3, Centro Cultural Alfa de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Trienal de Cerámica, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
  • El cordón, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • La Maleta, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • V Bienal de Cerámica de Casa Candina, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995

  • Intercambio 3, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Cerámica puertorriqueña hoy, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra Nacional, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cerámica puertorriqueña, Galería Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La vasija en la cerámica contemporánea puertorriqueña, Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico

1993-1992

  • Semana de la Mujer, Plaza Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992-1991

  • Nuestro autorretrato, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Exhibición conmemorativa del 25 aniversario de la Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, Citibank, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • I Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Exposición internacional por el fin del hambre en el mundo, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Hilvanando imágenes, Galería Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 9/9 Imprimiendo, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • La cerámica en auge desde Puerto Rico, Centro de Arte Euro Americana, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Mujeres artistas: protagonistas de los ‘80, Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Growing Beyond: Women Artists from Puerto Rico, Museo del Barrio, New York, United States

1987

  • II Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba

1987, 1985

  • Trienal Mundial de Cerámica Pequeña, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

1986, 1984

  • Conconzo Internacionale della Ceramica D’arte, Museo della Ceramica, Faenza, Italy

1987-1986

  • Encuentro de ceramistas contemporáneos de América Latina, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1986

  • I Congreso de artistas abstractos de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cogidas de la mano, Museo de Bellas Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Barro y fuego, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • XXXII Aniversario, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Cerámica contemporáneo puertorriqueña, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Cayey; Galería Francisco Oller, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • Arte Actual Puerto Rico, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Woman artists from Puerto Rico, Cayman Galley, New York, United States 

1980-1981

  • Sculpture in clay from Puerto Rico, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

1980

  • Expresiones en barro, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1996

  • Honorable Mention. Fifth Biennial of Ceramics, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Honorable Mention. First Biennial of Ceramics, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Acquisition Award. II Ceramics Triennial, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
  • Excellence in the Arts Award. Asociación Productos de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986

  • Acquisition Award. 44th Ceramic Art Competition, Faenza, Italy

1984

  • Distinguished Lady in the Visual Arts. Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • First Prize of Sculpture. Ateneo Puertorriqueño Competition, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Acquisition Award. 41st Ceramic Art Competition, Faenza, Italy

1979

  • Sole Prize. Commemorative Sculpture, VII Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Colección Mimara, Zagreb, Yugoslavia 
  • Museo della Ceramica, Faenza, Italy
  • Casa Candina de Cerámica, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ortho Pharmaceutical, Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Admiral’s Club de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Books

“Maestros della Ceramica Moderna”. Italia: Faenza Editrice, 1986, p. 6.    


Pérez Lizano, Manuel. “Arte Contemporáneo Puertorriqueño” 1973, p. 35.        


Speight, Charlotte. “Images in Clay Sculpture”. Nueva York: Harper & Row, 1983, p. 127-128.

 

Magazines

“Cuadernos de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico”. Núm. 15, 1986, pp. 101-106.


Frambes-Buxeda, Arline. “La tierra latinoamericana como historia de mitos en sus manos; Sylvia Blanco”. Homines, (San Juan, PR), tomo 6, 1989.


Parks, Dennis. “Buon Giorno Faenza”. Ceramics Monthly, (Estados Unidos), junio de 1987, pp. 41-45.


Rodríguez, Myrna. “Sylvia Blanco: En el ámbito artístico internacional”. Plastica (San Juan, PR), Núm 16, 1981, pp. 65-67.


Torruella Leval, Susana. “Special Multicultural Issue, Woman Artists from Puerto Rico”. Helicon Vine, vol. 14 & 15, 1986, pp.50-59.