Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1941, Liliana Porter, studied printmaking at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1960 and graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, in 1963. After moving to New York in 1964, Porter continued to experiment with printmaking at the Pratt Graphic Art Center. During this period she created technically innovative prints that employ Pop-art imagery to comment upon urban society.
A founder of the New York Graphic Workshop with Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo in 1965, Porter concurrently became associated with the Conceptual Art movement. Inspired in part by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, she has investigated since the late 1960s the relationships between illusion, artistic representation, and reality in prints, paintings, and wall installations. She has consistently utilized print techniques such as photo-etching and photo-silk-screen in her work.
In the mid-1970s Porter began a series of mixed-medium works on paper and canvas depicting objects of childhood, images from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-glass, and reproductions of paintings from the Western artistic tradition. Though still a prolific printmaker, Porter has worked increasingly on canvas since the early 1980s and typically incorporates painting, silk-screen collage, and actual objects into these works.
Her one-person exhibitions include: Projects: Liliana Porter, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, (1973); the Fundación San Telmo, Buenos Aires, (1990); The Centro de Recepciones del Gobierno, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1991); and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, (1992).
Her group exhibitions include: Information, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, (1970); Latin American Artists in New York since 1970, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas, Austin, (1987); The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920-1970, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, New York, (1988); and The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, (1990). Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, (1993).
Porter’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, as well as in many private collections.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
2005 “Girl with Rubber Dog, and Other Situations”,
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2004 “Eventos breves”,Palacio Aguirre, Cartagena,
2003-4 “Eventos breves”, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain
2003 “To Blink”, Casas Riegner Gallery, Miami,
2002 Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas.
2000 "Drum Solo / Solo de tambor," Espacio Minimo,
1999 "For You", Annina Nosei, New York.
1998 "Ellos y algunos otros", Espacio Minimo, Murcia,
1997 "Fotografias" Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1996 "Them", Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York.
1995 "Liliana Porter: Poetry and Paradox", University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
1994 "Illusion/Fragments/Reality", The Gallery of
Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.
1993 "Fragments of The Journey 1968-1992", Archer
Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin.
1992 "Fragments of The Journey 1968-1991", Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.
1991 Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The Univversity of North Carolina
1990 Selection of Works: 1968-1990, Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos
1989 The World Gallery, Schine Student Center, Syracuse University, New York.
1988 Galeria Krysztofory, Cracow, Poland.
1987 Galeria-Taller, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia.
Galeria Diners, Bogota, Colombia.
1986 Galeria Luigi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1985 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
1984 Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, Panama.
1983 Galerie Jolliet, Montreal, Canada.
1982 Galeria Garces-Velasquez, Bogota, Colombia.
1980 Center for Interamerican Relations, New York City.
1979 Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York City.
1978 Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia.
1977 Hundred Acres Gallery, New York City.
1976 Galleria della Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy.
1975 Hundred Acres Gallery, New York City.
1974 Hundred Acres Gallery, New York City.
1973 Hundred Acres Gallery, New York City.
1972 Galleria Diagramma, Milan, Italy.
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela.