Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his

magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant

building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain,

houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career.

During his life it was visited daily by hundreds of people from all over the world. The artist,

full of "Catalan charisma," earned himself the sobriquet "The Fabulous Blanco," an

expression that mirrored his talent for creativity.



blanco-movieThe life and work of Antonio Blanco was so inspiring that an Indonesian film company decided to turn his biography into a movie. At first, the movie was produced as a television mini series entitled "Api Cinta Antonio Blanco". In 1998 the mini series won 4 Vidia awards in the Festival Sinetron Indonesia.


Following the success of the mini series, the producer adapted it into a giant screen version, "The Color of Love". Each version used different angles and storytelling styles. The mini series was written from a third person point of view while the movie portrays Blanco's life from his eldest daughter's point of view.


The movie is a documentary of Blanco's life and also features his cremation ceremony. Both "Api Cinta Antonio Blanco" and "The Color of Love" were directed by Rima Melati, a veteran Indonesian actress. The role of the young Antonio Blanco was performed by Michael Pas, a Belgium actor, and Ni Ketut Melati played Blanco's wife, Ni Ronji. The mini series received many commendations; one of which was directed to Michael Pas who received a special acting award in the 1998 Festival Sinetron Indonesia.

* Photographs provided by PT. Jatayu Cakrawala Film & Video