Rick “Dienzo” Blanco is a Los Angeles artist whose collection of dark little characters are meant to intrigue, entice and perhaps cause a bit of anxiety.
“I’ve always been inspired by the darker side of life,” says Dienzo, and in creating his art, he sees the technical aspect as, “taking the world of cartoon like characters and rendering them in the traditional medium of acrylic on canvas”. From a content perspective, he’s drawing from the influence of pop-culture elements and experiences as a kid watching The Munsters and The Addams Family or visiting the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, resulting in a juxtaposition of “cute and cuddly” with something slightly subversive or sinister.
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He also leads a double life, working with a more traditional approach under the name Rick Blanco, dedicating this side of his craft to Cuban themed neo-expressionism.