Salvadorian artist Eduardo E. Portillo arrived in the United States in 2003 to pursue his studies in fine art at the University of Houston. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History, after graduating with Honors in the summer of 2011.
At an early age, Portillo found fascination with the idea of art and how it was created. Some of his earlier works were produced while he was a member of a small community art school in his native Santa Ana, El Salvador.
After graduating from the University of Houston, his focus changed from painting to sculpture and more recently to installation based work. Although Portillo's art practice has changed directions, he has made sure to retain elements of each medium he previously created work in. Portillo's recent body of work is far more than just installation. With the influence of painting and sculpture playing such a pivotal role in his work, Portillo strives to combine the various aspects of those different mediums to create an evolving body of work that challenges the preconceived notions of what a painting or sculpture is.
Portillo has exhibited work in Houston at various galleries and venues including G Gallery, as well Houston Community College. He has also shown work at Blue Star in San Antonio. In addition to exhibiting work, Portillo curates art exhibitions and also installs work for various galleries. He recently installed work for Boltax Gallery from Shelter Island, New York at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in 2012.
Portillo is an active member and curator of the Montrose Art Society, an artist collective based in Houston, which looks to help emerging artists in the area. Portillo lives in Houston, where he works as a full-time artist. His studio is located in Houston's warehouse district, inside Spring Street Studios.