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Arguably the most famous foreign artist to call Bali home, Anthony Blanco built his private home and artist's studio on a hilltop overlooking Ubud's Campuan River in the 1950s, residing there with his celebrated Balinese dancer wife Ni Rondji until his death in 1999. It was Blanco's dream to turn his studio-mansion into a museum to house his important works and this Philippine-born maestro sure got his wish: Today his flamboyant, somewhat self-indulgent, legacy is not only open to the public, it's become quite the popular tourist attraction. A steep driveway leads up to a sprawling compound where the artist's family still resides; here you'll find a gigantic marble gate comprised of the maestro's signature (apparently the world's largest), heralding the entrance to Blanco's palatial residence, a whimsical fusion of Balinese and Moorish architecture (in homage to the artist's Spanish heritage) where he indulged his fantasies. Two atrium-style floors, topped with a stunning Moroccan-inspired glass dome ceiling, now house a distinctive collection of artworks covering the extensive career of the "Bali Dali." A guide can take you around with explanations—if you can hear above the overdramatic soundtrack.

Blanco's eccentric and somewhat sumptuous works, showcased in indulgent frames, predominately cover portraits inspired by Balinese women, especially his wife, invariably displayed in luscious bare-breasted or nude portrayals. Other family members are also represented, as is a strange obsession with singer Michael Jackson. The adjoining, aptly named Erotic Room is not for the fainthearted. Blanco's original and surprisingly simple studio comes lined with more of the artist's paintings and collages and stacked with grubby paintbrushes and half-used tubes of oil paints. All have remained undisturbed, so legend goes, since the artist's last day of painting (note the well-worn sofa where his beloved wife watched him paint). Blanco's son Mario paints here occasionally, displaying the results in his own gallery next door. A gift shop, restaurant, bird farm, and amphitheater are also housed within the grounds, where, surreally, everyday Balinese life such as daily offerings at the family Hindu temple carries on.