Mario Blanco: Stepping out of his father’s shadow

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Mario Blanco (JP/Utami Diah Kusumawati)

Being the only son of a legendary artist is not easy, a fact Mario Blanco, an artist and photographer from Bali, knows all too well.

Mario is the only son of world-renowned painter Antonio Blanco, who lived much of his life in Bali and was famous for his fantastic artistic creations.

As Antonio’s only son, Mario has carried the burden of expectations from those who want him to be as excellent as his father. For most of Mario’s career, his father’s reputation and success seemed to overshadow his own path.

However, he has managed to find his own way.

“My father never taught me or wanted me to paint. That is one thing that people never know or understand,” Mario said at the Rondji Restaurant in the Blanco Museum in Ubud, Bali, recently.

“My father always said to me that he was a painter, not a teacher. I should find another teacher,” he added.

Selamat ulang tahun untukku!

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This day started with a debate in my family group about whether it was already June 10 or not in the States. I read the discussion with a smile growing in my face.

One year has passed by after the last birthday that I celebrated with my loved ones back then in Jakarta, Indonesia.

And here I am in a completely different world and culture, studying and learning many new interesting things from the U.S. people and its environment.

Stacked chart of reported crimes by UNLPD

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Stacked chart of reported crimes by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department (UNLPD) from 2012 to 2017. Chart by Utami Diah Kusumawati. For coding command, please visit kandilysnc/datavizUNL1 (Github).


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Scatter plot of the age gap of relationship in the Hollywood movies. Plot by Utami Diah Kusumawati. For coding commands, visit /datavizUNL1(github)

Data Visualization: Dot Plot of the Top Ramen!

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utami world ramen dot plot

A dot plot of 2017 world’s top instant noodles version Chart by Utami Diah Kusumawati. For coding commands, visit /datavizUNL1(github)