He lives and works in Barcelona
Germán Portal (Montevideo 1979) received his BFA from the Universitat de Barcelona and he completed his academic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna (Italy).
He has had several solo shows, such as his exhibitions at Nuova Icona (Venecia, Italia) in 2005 and 2007, the solo shows held at Galería silvestre between 2015 and 2017.
And the individual exhibition at La Capella, in Barcelona, as a part of BCN Producció 15 Programme.
Portal has been showing his work in group exhibitions since 2005. Among them, the most notable include: CALL2010 Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia), “Atelier de Barcelone”
and “Collection L.A.C.” en L.A.C. Lieu d’Art Contemporain (Narbonne, Francia) en 2013 and 2008, respectively, Premi Internacional de Pintura Guasch Coranty 2012,
(Centre d’Art Tecla Sala) and Biennal de Valls 2017.
He was an artist-in-residence at Hangar (Barcelona) for the period 2014-2016.
He has been awarded several grants including: “Apoyo al Arte Español y Nuevas Tendencias en las artes, 2005” given by the Ministry of Culture, and grants by the
“Institut Ramon Llull” for the promotion of visual arts abroad in 2005, 2007 and 2013.
Generally speaking, his work presents a study about the concept of representation and the limits of painting, about the condition of painting itself as a medium
and about its relationship with other mediums. And it does it precisely in times of widespread circulation and consumption of images and visual stimuli.
In his work, at the same time, there is an inquiry and questioning of the construction of History. A questioning which is built from a deconstruction or variation
of History itself by searching an alternative story. Doing it as a way of trying to rewrite a new kind of story where new meanings are suggested.
In the field of the History of Art, his work raises a re-reading and re-writing of certain works, authors and processes which have been mythicised, partly, by
the historiography itself. And it does it, from a parodic perspective, by dispelling their aura.
Yet, at the same time, his work brings up a study about the exhibition space and the comportment of painting inside this space, considering its limits and permeabilities.
Germán Portal puts it into practice through, amongst other things, installative proposals and hybrid forms that propose a critical thinking about the exhibition itself
and the white cube that contains it, about the standardised behaviours of the viewer and about the ways which are used to generate a discourse.
Germán Portal's website.