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. During his education there, Lucas created mostly large oil paintings of female figures reading, some of which were exhibited at a gallery in Kalamazoo and later purchased by Lee Honors College and Waldo Library at Western Michigan University.
As an undergraduate student at Western, Lucas decided to pursue an advanced degree in fine art and was admitted to the University of Miami’s Master of Fine Arts program in painting. He worked under the guidance of Walter Darby Bannard, an abstract painter, who played an influential role in Lucas’ creation of free-style and acrylic still-life paintings of tools, coffeepots, flowers, and landscapes.
Lucas’ paintings have been exhibited at Kalamazoo Nature Center, as well as Dorsch Gallery and The Deering Estate in Miami. His artwork has also appeared in various group shows, such as Art + Work, MDC Faculty Show, Face to Face, Nova Art Fair, UM Faculty Group Show, and Group Show of Still Lives. His artwork has been mentioned in various publications, such as Lucas Blanco: Young Artist by John Link, Miami Heat by Nick Young, The Big Idea by Alfredo Triff, and Dorsch Gallery: Edge Zones by Franklin Einspruch. Some of his paintings are privately owned by collectors in Spain, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and the United States.
Lucas teaches painting and drawing at the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade College.