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.



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

selected solo exhibitions

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

Alexis Portilla: Particles, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

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

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

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

Alexis Portilla, Domo Gallery, Summit, NJ

Alexis Portilla: Vocabulary, Memory Gallery, Hong Kong

Alexis Portilla: Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

Alexis Portilla, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, G

Two Person Exhibitions

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

Art Wynwood, Hollis Taggart Galleries, Miami, FL

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

Art Miami, Birnam Wood Galleries, Miami, FL

Art Southampton, Birnam Wood Galleries, Bridgehampton, NY

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

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

Volumes: Artist Editions, Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Gallery Group Show, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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

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

Gallery Group Show, Seventh Gallery, Cortland, NY

Gallery Group Show, State Gallery, Cortland, NY

Young Artists, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

Gallery Group Show, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Young Artists, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York

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,”, 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,”, October 22, 2014.

Joseph Becherer, “GRAM features ArtPrize exhibits worthy of major metropolitan shows,”, 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