Celina Portella

The work of Celina Portella permeates the universe of the plastic arts and dance. This artist establishes dialogs among architecture, cinema, performance and finally sculpture, characterizing her research in the fields of representation of the body and its relationship with space. Frequently using her own body as a subject for experiments, Celina blends almost craft-like practices in videos, photographs or photo-objects that challenge the characteristics of each support and the perceptions of the observer.

She has been nominated for prizes such as the Bolsa ICCO/SP-Arte 2016; Prêmio de Aquisição EFG Bank & Art-Nexus, at SP-Arte (2015) and the Prêmio Pipa (2013 and 2017). She was awarded prizes at the XX Bienal Internacional de Artes Visuales de Santa Cruz in Bolivia (2016), and the II Concurso de Videoarte da Fundaj in Recife (2008).

She was awarded fellowships under the following Programs: Programa de Estímulo à Criação, Experimentação e Pesquisa Artística SEC + Faperj (2016); the I Programa de Fomento à Cultura Carioca em Artes Visuais (2013); the Bolsa de Apoio à Pesquisa e Criação Artística by the State Culture Bureau (2012), and the Núcleo de Arte e Tecnologia da EAV Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro (2010).

She completed artistic residencies at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Center International d’Accueil et d’Échanges des Récollets in Paris; the LABMIS at the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo; and the Galeria Kiosko in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia, among others.

She has implemented projects and displayed her works at many institutions and galleries in Brazil and abroad, including: SESC São Paulo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, EAV Parque Lage, Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, MAC Santiago de Chile, Uj Art Gallery, Galeria Inox, Zipper Galeria, Galeria Kiosko, A Gentil Carioca. Noteworthy among the group shows in which she has participated: Frestas Trienal de Artes at SESC Sorocaba, São Paulo (2017); the III Mostra do Programa de Exposições Centro Cultural São Paulo (2012) and the Nova Arte Nova exhibition at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (2009). As a dancer and co-creator, she has worked with choreographers Lia Rodrigues e João Saldanha.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Celina currently lives in São Paulo. She studied design at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and graduated in plastic arts from the Université Paris VIII.

Solo Exhibitions
2019 Reunião – Celina Portella, Caixa Cultural | São Paulo, Brazil
2018 Subtrações, Zip’Up Project, Zipper Galeria | São Paulo, Brazil
2018Intervenção, Galeria Inox I Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018Foto objetos, Museu Casa Sônia Menna Barreto | São Paulo, Brazil
2017 Dobras, Galeria Inox | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Puxa, Galeria Inox | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Movimento2, Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Deságua, A Gentil Carioca Lá | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Dublês, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Vídeo-Boleba, video installation at the Centro Cultural São Paulo Exhibition Program | SP, Brazil
2011 Celina Portella-Instalações, Dança em Foco, Sesc Pinheiros | São Paulo, Brazil
2010 para espectadores remotos, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Auringa, Galeria Kiosko | Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
2009 de morar, Celina Portella and Elisa Pessoa, Espaço Sesc | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008 em círculo, Celina Portella and Elisa Pessoa, Galeria do Lago / Museu da República | RJ, Brazil
2007 Porta-Retrato, Celina Portella and Elisa Pessoa, Galeria A Gentil Carioca | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Group Exhibitions
2019 Memória Seletiva, Villa Aymoré | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Trans, Uj Art Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa
2018 Memento Mori, Kalashnikovv Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa
2018 What Knot not, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios | Johannesburg, South Africa
2018 De Sangue e ossos, Galeria Matias Brotas | Vitória, Brazil
2018 FILE, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil | Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017 Frestas Trienal de Artes, Sesc Sorocaba | São Paulo, Brazil
2017 Politics of dreams, Fondation Hippocrène | Paris, France
2017 FILE, Centro Cultural Vale Maranhão and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil | SL and BSB, Brazil
2016 Dublê de Corpo, Galeria Carbono | São Paulo, Brazil
2016 XX Bienal Internacional de Artes Visuales de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, MAC | Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2016 FILE, Galeria de Arte Sesi-SP | São Paulo, Brazil
2016 Gabinete de Curiosidades, Galeria Oriente | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 TRIO Bienal, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 O tempo e os tempos, Galeria Carbono | São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Esboço para uma coreografia, Galeria Central | São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Paisagens Inventadas, Eixo Arte Contemporânea | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Efígie, Ateliê da Imagem | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013 Verbo, Galeria Vermelho | São Paulo, Brazil Blockini, Alalaô | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Retrato: Autorretrato, MUV Gallery | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Cena Familiar, Festival Panorama de Dança | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Abre Alas, Galeria A Gentil Carioca | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 Corpo incógnito: água viva, Galeria AmareloNegro Arte contemporânea | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 Mostra Curta Cinema, Galeria A Gentil Carioca Lá | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 Nós, Festival Dança em Foco | Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2010 Mostra Labmis, Museu da Imagem e do Som | São Paulo, Brazil
2010 Performance Presente Futuro, Oi Futuro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 Mostra Sesc de Artes | São Paulo, Brazil
2010 Mostra Sesc Arte 24 horas | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Territórios de Afetos, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco | Recife, Brazil
2009 Mostra Vídeocidades, Projeto Imagem Pensamento | Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2009 Atelier 397 | São Paulo, Brazil
2009 60º Salão de Abril | Fortaleza, Brazil
2008 15º Salão da Bahia, MAM Bahia | Salvador, Brazil
2008 Nova Arte Nova, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil | Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
2008 Beneath the bridge, Pablo’s Birthday Gallery | New York, U.S.A.
2008 Carlos Garaicoa Open Studio 2.0, ARCO | Madrid, Spain
2008 Coletiva, Galeria A Gentil Carioca | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 Mac Vazio, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 Strip Film Festival, Ménagerie de Verre | Paris, France
2007 Moves 07, Manchester and Loop Festival | Manchester and Barcelona, UK / Spain

2006 Lusovideografia, Oi Futuro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006 Jardim das Delícias, Galeria do Lago / Museu da República | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2006 1a Bienal de Performance y Arte Acción Deformes, MAC | Santiago, Chile
2002/08 Interpreter-creator at Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Grants/Awards/Residencies
2018 Residency at Bag Factory Artists’ Studios | Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 Nominated to PIPA prize, Museu de Arte Moderna | RJ, Brazil
2016 Grant received from Artistic Creation, Experimentation and Research Fostering Program from SEC+Faperj | Rj, Brazil
2016 Nominated to ICCO/SP-Arte 2016 prize | São Paulo, Brazil
2016 Awarded at XX Bienal Internacional de Artes Visuales de Santa Cruz de la Sierra | SCZ, Bolivia
2015 Nominated to EFG Bank & ArtNexus acquisition prize, SP-Arte | São Paulo, Brazil
2013 Grant received from First Carioca Culture Promotion Program in Visual Arts | RJ, Brazil
2013 Nominated to PIPA prize, Museu de Arte Moderna | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Supported by Artistic Research and Creation Grant, Secretaria de Estado de Cultura | RJ, Brazil
2010 Labmis Residency, Museu da imagem e do Som | São Paulo, Brazil

2010  NAT- EAV Research grant, Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 Residency at Centre International d’Accueil et d’Échanges des Récollets | Paris, France
2009 International residency at Galeria Kiosko | Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
2008 Prize received – Video Art Competition, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation | Recife, Brazil
2008 47º Salão de Artes Plásticas de Pernambuco production grant | Recife, Brazil
2008 Featured at Iberê Camargo digital magazine | Porto Alegre, Brazil
2008 Residency at Spa das Artes | Recife, Brazil
2008 Residency at CRAC Valparaiso | Valparaiso, Chile
2007 Duplicata, grant received from Dança em Foco Festival, Oi Futuro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2006 Passagem, grant received from Rumos Itaú Cultural | São Paulo, Brazil

Education
1998/01 B.A. and M.A. in Visual Arts – Université St. Denis/Paris VIII | Paris, France
1994/97 B.A. in Design and visual communications – PUC-RJ | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil