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Alexis Portilla holds an MFA from Columbia University (1990) and a BFA from Pratt Institute. His work is in more than 250 private collections worldwide and in many international public and corporate collections including The New York Public Library, Harvard University, Pepsi Co., Warner Music Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Penn State University, Norwest Venture Partners, and Mikasa Corporation. He has exhibited internationally at venues from New York to Hong Kong, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, Hofstra University Museum in New York, and Monmouth Museum in New Jersey.
Influenced by the emotion of artistic expression in music, poetry and literature, the artist finds bold expression in color, lines and shapes that resemble pictographs, and texture.
Alexis Portilla's large scale pieces like Anemone, Black Elk, Thor Twins, Tokyo, Chromatic Fantasy are spectacular pieces in terms of the atmospheric brushwork, colors and textures. His bold linear lines, use of symbols, pictographs and strong colors create atmospheric abstracts.
“Using simple forms and creating swathes of rich texture, Alexis Portilla builds atmospheric abstract paintings that convey a sense of time having passed. Brushy areas of color suggest the indeterminacy of memory, while bold linear forms speak for the present." - Meredith Mendelsohn, Art News magazine review
The artist has shown in group and solo exhibitions. His works have been commissioned by major corporations, universities and for private collections.
These pieces and others are available for viewing in Los Angeles, by appointment.
1993-1994 Faculty /Adjunct Instructor
Department of Printmaking
Columbia University New York, NY
1983 – 1994 HEOP/SEOG Full scholarship
To attend Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1984-85 Charles A. Dana Internship and
Grant, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
- April 2007 Penn State University -State College, PA Department of Chemistry
- 1996 The New York Public Library, New York, NY
Department of Prints and Drawings
Selected Corporate Collections
Harvard Club Cambridge, MA
Meredith and Grew Boston, MA
Farley White Boston, MA
Edwards and Angell Providence, RI
Acadian Asset Management Boston, MA
Proskauer Rose Boston, MA
Mikasa Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
First Atlantic Capital, New York, NY
Warner Brothers, New York, NY