Alexis Portilla was born in Mexico City in 1965, and has lived in New York since 1970. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Pratt Institute. His work can be found in public and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad, including The New York Public Library, Penn State University, The Harvard Club, Warner Brothers Records, Pepsi Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Norwest Venture Partners, and Mikasa Corporation. In addition, his work is in more than 250 private collections in the United States, England, France, and Germany.

For more than 20 years, Portilla's work has been regularly exhibited at prominent venues throughout the United States. His work has been the subject of 10 solo exhibitions at established galleries in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. His work has been exhibited in museum group exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, Hofstra University Museum in New York, and Monmouth Museum in New Jersey, as well as numerous gallery group exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

Portilla’s work has received international press attention and has been reviewed in several publications, including Artnews. He has been a faculty instructor at Columbia University, where he taught printmaking to graduate and postgraduate students. He has maintained his current studio in Long Island City since 2003.


EDUCATION

 

MFA, Columbia University, 1990
BFA, Pratt Institute, 1987


selected solo exhibitions

2014
Alexis Portilla: Surface Tension, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York

2011
Alexis Portilla: Particles, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2010
Next Art Fair (Solo Booth), Causey Contemporary, Chicago

2009
Alexis Portilla: Under Currents; Paintings and Works on Paper, Chi’ Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Alexis Portilla: Evolution, Chi’ Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2006
Alexis Portilla: Volumes and Incidents, A4L Gallery, New York

2005
Alexis Portilla: Open Lines, Chi' Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2004
Alexis Portilla, Domo Gallery, Summit, NJ

2003
Alexis Portilla: Vocabulary, Memory Gallery, Hong Kong

2000
Alexis Portilla: Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

1995
Alexis Portilla, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, G


Two Person Exhibitions

2007
Bridge Art Fair, Chi’ Contemporary Fine Art, Miami, FL

1996
Two Contemporary Artists: Alexis Portilla and Ed Leonard,
Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Summer Group Show, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York (forthcoming)

Art Wynwood, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Miami, FL

2015
Summer Group Exhibition, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY

Art Miami New York, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York

Art on Paper Fair, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York

2014
Art Miami, Birnam Wood Galleries, Miami, FL

Art Southampton, Birnam Wood Galleries, Bridgehampton, NY

Art Silicon Valley, Birnam Wood Galleries, San Mateo, CA

2013
Shadow and Line: Harmony in Black and White, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York (Exhibited artists: Margaret Garrett, Alan Gussow, Conrad Marca-Relli, Agnes Martin, Alexis Portilla, Richard Pousette-Dart, Katherine Ryan Roth, Andy Warhol, and Aurelia Wasser)

One Summer, Birnam Wood Galleries, East Hampton, NY
(Exhibited artists: Norman Bluhm, David Datuna, Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Margery Gosnell-Qua, Susan Grossman, John Hardy, Wolf Kahn, Chloe Lamb, Tatyana Murray, Alexis Portilla, Milton Resnick, and Natalia Wrobel)

No Boundaries: Chloe Lamb, Alexis Portilla, Michael Rich, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York

2012
Volumes: Artist Editions, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Gallery Group Show, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Art on Paper: A Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

ArtPrize 2010, Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI

Made in LIC, Jeffery Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2006
Six Degrees of Separation, Chi’ Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2005
Gallery Group Show, A4L Gallery, New York

Gallery Group Show, Chi’ Contemporary Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

Alexis Portilla, Bo Joseph, Jamie Scott, ParadigmArt, New York

1998
Young Artists: Leya Evelyn, Michel Kanter, Sammy Peters and Alexis Portilla, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

1997
Younger Artists: Part One, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

1996
Gallery Group Show, Seventh Gallery, Cortland, NY

Gallery Group Show, State Gallery, Cortland, NY

Young Artists, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

1995
Gallery Group Show, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Young Artists, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

1993
Gallery Group Show, Ceres Gallery, New York


reviews and bibliography

Alexis Portilla: Surface Tension. New York: Birnam Wood Galleries, 2014. (Exhibition catalogue)

Kelsey Sunberg, “Tensions Surface in Bold Abstractions by Alexis Portilla,” Artsy.com, December 22, 2014. (Solo exhibition review)

Pat Rogers, “Alexis Portilla’s Layered Color and Circular Forms Create ‘Surface Tension,’” Hamptons Art Hub, December 20, 2014. (Solo exhibition review)

“NYC Art Round Up: 10 Upcoming Exhibitions to Check Out This Fall,” GuestofAGuest.com, October 22, 2014.

Joseph Becherer, “GRAM features ArtPrize exhibits worthy of major metropolitan shows,” mlive.com, September 30, 2010. (Group exhibition review)

Meredith Mendelsohn, “Reviews: New York,” Artnews, February 2008. (Solo exhibition review)

Annabel Walker, ed. “Exhibitions,” South China Morning Post, September 28, 2003. (Solo exhibition review)

“‘Younger Artists: Part One’ at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery,” New York Soho Arts Magazine, February 1997. (Group exhibition review)

Two Contemporary Painters: Alexis Portilla and Ed Leonard. Essay by Heather Fellman. Hempstead, NY: Hofstra University Museum, 1996. (Exhibition brochure)


Public Collections

The New York Public Library, New York, NY
Penn State University, State College, PA (Commission, 2007)


selected corporate collections

Harvard Club, Cambridge, MA
Mikasa Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
First Atlantic Capital, New York, NY
Warner Brothers, New York, NY
Pepsi Co., Purchase, NY
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston
Norwest Venture Partners, Palo Alto, CA
Excel, Bermuda
Edwards and Angell, Providence, RI
Meredith and Grew, Boston, MA
Farley White, Boston, MA
Acadian Asset Management, Boston, MA
Proskauer Rose, Boston, MA
New Star Financial, Boston, MA
Cross Harbor Capital, Boston, MA
Weil Gotshal & Manges, Providence, RI
Partner Reinsurance, Pembroke, Bermuda
Hale & Dorr, Washington, DC
Bingham Dana & Gould, Boston, MA
Total System Services, Columbus, OH
Biogen Inc., Cambridge, MA
Millennia, Boston, MA
Renaissance Worldwide, Waltham, MA
Goodwin Proctor & Hoar, Boston, MA
Goodwin Proctor & Hoar, New York, NY
X.L. Pembroke, Bermuda
Odyssey America RE, New York, NY
Greystone Realty Corp., Westport, CT
Limerock Partners, Westport, CT
Michael Page Intl, New York, NY
Reliance National, New York, NY
Hyundai Securities, New York, NY
Old Mutual (US) Holdings, New York, NY
Hanify & King, Boston, MA