George Dorado Blanco, a native of Guantanamo, Cuba, studied painting at the renowned San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana. He graduated in 1977, and taught Design and Composition for Painting and Sculpture at the School of Fine Art Jose Joaquin Tejada in Santiago, Cuba, where he developed his own curriculum. His methodology incorporated avant-garde concepts from the Bauhaus School of Design and the drawings and designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
In 1980, Dorado Blanco resigned his teaching position to come to the United States. In 1988 he graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and introduced the concept of Art and Healing to many churches and communities in the Chicago area. He said:
“I deeply believe that art in general is the best deterrence against violence and spiritual bankruptcy. I have committed myself to the production and promotion of artwork as a way of bringing healing through personal and communal transformation.”
In 2002, Dorado Blanco began his pursuit of a Doctorate of Ministry in Art and Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He traveled to France to study the Impressionists and Post-impressionists, then to Italy to study the Renaissance and the Frescos of the Dominican Order. Dorado Blanco has been teaching art in various community and academic settings since 1989. While on the south side of Chicago, he took over a vacant factory building and converted it into a Community Art Center where he integrated the healing property of art into the lives of many children, youth and the elderly. He is an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University where he teaches Art, Language, and Theology.
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