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"Alexis Portilla: Volumes and Incidents"
2006-06-14 until 2006-07-08
A4L Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Mexican-born artist Alexis Portilla exhibits his latest works on paper, canvas and mylar in “Volumes and Incidents” at A4L Gallery in New York. At times, he explores atmosphere and color, line and composition only. At other times, it is the symbol systems of marks that are blatantly more expressive and dense. Portilla further describes his work, “ Either way, my goal is not to focus on one or the other for any particular work but to let the natural development of the piece describe the interplay between the two modes; form and atmosphere being one mode, line and shape being the other."

Born in Mexico City in 1965, Alexis Portilla moved to New York City in 1970. He attended the “High School of Music and Art” in New York City. He received his B.F.A from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and his M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York.

In the summer of 1985 he traveled to Venice, Italy to study Drawing and Art History with an international group of painters and faculty. In 1991 he spoke on the art and culture of the Asmat People of Irian Jaya, as a docent at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. In 1993-94 Mr. Portilla had an adjunct position at Columbia University, teaching printmaking to graduate and postgraduate students.

In 1996, Alexis Portilla was an influential participant in the landmark appellate decision in Bery v. City of New York, that affirmed that the visual arts, as much as the written word, are equally protected rights under the 14th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.

His recent shows include an exhibition in Central Hong Kong in October 2003 at the Memory Gallery and a solo show at Chi’ Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. Among a list of over 250 private and corporate art collectors, his work has been purchased by the New York Public Library.

IMAGE
Alexis Portilla
"Blush"
26" X 32"
oil on canvas
2006


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