Born to a German mother and an American father of Puerto Rican descent, Lucas R. Blanco grew up in Shelbyville, Michigan. Due to his interest in drawing and painting, he spent his early years refining his artistic skills while studying art under the tutelage of Anne Meade. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in fine art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he worked with abstract painter John Link.
As an undergraduate student at Western, Lucas decided to pursue an advanced degree in fine art. He was admitted to the University of Miami’s Master of Fine Arts program in painting. He worked under the guidance of Walter Darby Bannard. Lucas’ paintings have been exhibited in Canada and the United States. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade College.