Abstract artist Alexis Portilla is known for his compositions of atmospheric color that feature an expansive range of symbol-like marks.
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, Harvard University, Warner Music Group, 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 11 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 group exhibitions and high-profile art fairs in New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, 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.