Portas Vilaseca Gallery was founded by Jaime Portas Vilaseca in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Based in the Leblon neighbourhood until 2018, the gallery then moved to a three-storey building in Botafogo, where it has been promoting a dynamic agenda of exhibitions and special artistic projects, among other actions. Currently, the gallery represents 19 artists from the recent Brazilian contemporary art realm within its different contexts.
The gallery works around two main proposals: (a) the focus on young artists; and (b) experimentation. Born in different generations and from different regions in Brazil, our artists develop their researches in several languages – painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, installation and performance. More than creators, the artists represented by Portas Vilaseca Gallery are researchers of the visual arts extremely concerned with the status of the image in contemporary times, as well as with the presentation of their productions. When observing the set of their shows, both in the gallery and at art fairs, it is clear that the exhibition act is seen as an experimental act in which no proposition will be the same; and where visitors will have a unique experience, either physical and visual.
Portas Vilaseca Gallery has the values of promoting and institutionalizing its group of represented artists in Brazil and abroad. It is crucial that their works are, above all, an exercise of individual freedom – either for the public who appreciate, for the artists who create or for the gallery that houses and endorse them.
Portas Vilaseca Gallery is a member of the Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art – ABACT.
Jaime Portas Vilaseca