David Blancas was born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila in northern Mexico and began drawing and painting at an early age. He maintains a multifaceted portfolio of teaching, mentoring, and creating public and private commissions with a specialization in in paintings, portraiture, mosaics and murals.
David is currently an Instructor for the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department inspiring and providing creative therapy through art for at-risk youth. Through this program, his classes have produced various community mural projects and collaborative paintings.
David was also recently named the first official Artist in Residency at Geekdom. His recent projects include an ambitious series of 54 paintings titled Loteria: Cultures and Icons and a commission through the University Health System for Phase II of the Design Enhancement Public Art Program at the Robert B. Green Campus downtown. David studied fine art at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has achieved recognition in various regional and national art competitions. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and is the owner of Pintura Artwork Company, a studio and art gallery that was established in 2002
How did you get involved in painting?
I began painting for the first time while attending college at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1992. Before that, drawings and pastels were my mediums of choice.
What is one of the most memorable moments/projects you have been a part of?
I recently transitioned into metal sculpture and created a nearly 10-foot tall sculpture for a client in California. It was an adventure delivering the piece and installing it at the client’s home!
Why do you think the creative industry is important to San Antonio?
I think we have an amazing and thriving creative industry which is on the verge of transformation as San Antonio’s culture embraces the technological shift of our times.
What do you find most gratifying about the work you do in your current role?
As an artist and instructor for at-risk youth, I truly relish my role as mentor and sharing my work with the hopes of inspiring the next generation.
Which painters/artists personally inspire you?
Too many painters/artists have inspired me; Dali, Carravagio, and Klimt, to name a few. Most of all, I am inspired by my peers here in town. We are fortunate to have some amazing and dedicated local artists who make a living from their art.
What advice do you have for young or up-and-coming creatives?
The advice I give all young aspiring artists is to stay focused and develop your ideas, to create series of works that will challenge your methods and push the evolution of your work. You never know what you are capable of until you test your limits, only then will you have a breakthrough.
What would you say is one of the greatest challenges for the local arts community?
These days with social media and our fast-paced society, it’s so easy for impactful work to get lost in the shuffle. Locally, as well as everywhere else, it’s a challenge to get your art viewed by those who will connect to your work, to find the right audience that will appreciate and relate to your art.
Where would you like to see San Antonio’s creative community by the year 2020?
I would like to see San Antonio creative community by the year 2020 catch up to Houston and Dallas. So much more funding and support for the arts is invested by our neighbors. I know the day will come when our city will compare to not only other Texas cities, but to other renowned cities throughout the globe.
Catch David’s current exhibition, “Lone Star Wars: A Renewed Hope,” throughout the month of December.
For more info on David’s “Lone Star Wars: A Renewed Hope” exhibit, visit the official exhibit Facebook page.