Eli Blasko is an artist and designer based in Western North Carolina.
He primarily works in sculpture with an emphasis on wood as material. His work ranges from exploring traditional craft and design techniques to expansive conceptual interventions into the lives of objects and highly detailed constructions for public, commercial, and gallery settings. Many of his projects begin as research-based inquiries into the history of objects, images, and geographies.
Eli received a BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and also studied in the Studio of Intermedia+ at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He holds credentials as a craft instructor in carpentry and welding from the National Center for Construction Education Research, and is currently an MFA candidate for 2022 at Western Carolina University.
He has been an artist-in-residence with Touchstone Center for Craft, The Paducah Arts Alliance, Hub-Bub, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, The Charles Adams Studio Project, and Sculpture Space. From 2016-19 he founded and operated Bannan Blasko, an arts agency that designed and executed dozens of large-scale commercial art projects throughout the Southeastern U.S. His clients have included Adidas, Amazon, Kohler, Milliken & Company, and Smartwool, as well as numerous smaller, regional businesses. Recent exhibitions include showing work with the Damyang International Arts Festival, Revolve Asheville, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the North Carolina Arboretum, and the Spartanburg Art Museum.
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