Julio Blancas was born in 1967 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He studied art at Las Escuelas de Artes Plásticas in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and sculpture in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. He works mainly with pencil or graphite on paper, canvas, or satellite dishes, and has participated in more than forty collective exhibitions and seven solo exhibitions at major art spaces throughout the Canary Islands, as well as in Madrid, and internationally in countries such as Belgium and Italy. He has also been an artist-in-residence in Berlin working alongside Jiri Dokoupil. His work has been exhibited at galleries in the Canary Islands, Berlin and Milan, and is included in the collections of the TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, CAAM. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Gran Canaria Tenerife, the Bruno Bischofberger Collection (Switzerland), Colección Artizar, La Laguna (Tenerife), Gobierno de Canarias, Fundación Sabadell, Colegio de Arquitectos Santa Cruz de Tenerife, etc.
In 1998, his work was shown at the Degli Arconi space in the Italian city of Gubbio; in La Ermita del Gran Poder de Bajar, the following year, and in 2001 at the Estudio Artizar in La Laguna, at an exhibition that also included installations such as Triálogos and Desembrarte. His work has featured in collective exhibitions such as Figuraciones indígenas (1997) and La Isla Taller (1999).
Working almost exclusively with pencil and graphite, Julio Blancas takes nature as his source of inspiration. His methodology is simple and determined: to fill the artistic surface by repeating the essential graphic gesture – the line. The line, made always with graphite, reflects light, creates subtle gradations, and moulds forms that arise from the opacity of the black surface, thanks to an exquisite organisation of the established surface so that reflection and the brilliance of natural light completes the work. Blancas works with the idea of memory, simulating natural spaces that serve as mental landscapes. These landscapes provide a strongly structural sense of the end result through the art’s intention and meaning.