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Liliana Porter
Datos generales
Nombre Liliana Porter
Fecha de nacimiento 1941
Nacionalidad Argentina
Ocupación Artista
País de nacimiento Argentina
Ciudad de nacimiento Buenos Aires
Familia Julio Porter (Padre), Margarita Galetar (Madre)

Liliana Porter was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 and educated at the Manuel Belgrano and Prilidiano Pueyrredón fine arts schools. She attended the print workshop at the Ernesto de la Cárcova Fine Arts School, led by the printmaker Fernando López Anaya, who together with Ana María Moncalvo would be her most influential teachers. Between 1958 and 1964 she was a resident of Mexico City, where she studied at the Ibero-American University and the La Ciudadela workshop with the Colombian artist Guillermo Silva Santamaría and the German Mathias Goeritz. While her first exhibitions took place in Mexico, she settled in New York in 1964 and lives in the city to this day. Along with the artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop print workshop. She has taught at the Porter-Wiener Studio, Printmaking Workshop, SUNY Purchase and the State University of New York, and also worked as a professor at Queens College and New York University.


Artistic career

Liliana Porter is the daughter of the film, theater and radio director Julio Porter and the poet and printmaker Margarita Galetar, which had an influence on her artistic sensibilities. At the age of 12 she joined the National School of Fine Arts. Her adolescent years took place in Mexico, where she continued her studies in visual arts and also took an interest in the world of literature, being particularly close to great writers such as Octavio Paz. In 1961 she returned to Argentina before traveling to New York in 1964, where she lives to this day. Her artistic approach began with printmaking and oil painting in around 1959, and over time would expand to include drawings, photographs, installations, video, theater and art in public spaces. Although she does not limit herself to a single technique, she has acted as a point of reference in Latin America in the establishment of concepts around humor, anguish, time, banality in society and the possibility of or search for meaning in the human condition. Her career spans over half a century and has served to establish her as a trailblazer in Latin American conceptual art, and also as a benchmark in the feminist art of her generation. In 1959 her first individual exhibition was inaugurated at the Proteo Gallery in Mexico City, and her most recent was entitled “Situations” and held at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland

Characteristics of her work

In her work, Porter creates collages, photographs, installations and videos in order to create new visual universes, with influences ranging from Lichtenstein to the Guerrilla Girls. She explores a huge variety of techniques to transform everyday objects — such as toys and unusual ornaments that she finds in antique shops or flea markets — into objects brimming with meaning, living objects that set emotions and thoughts in motion among spectators. “Everything has the potential to be profound or banal, sinister or innocent, hideous or beautiful. I’ve always been interested in the simultaneity of what appears to be opposing and irreconcilable, because I feel increasingly that this perception lies in how objects are read, and not entirely in the objects in themselves”.[1]

Featured works

  • 1969: “Wrinkle”.
  • 1973: “The square”
  • 2017: “Man with axe and other brief situations”.

Works by Liliana Porter in the collections of the Banco de la República

Works by Liliana Porter in the collections of the Banco de la República
Title Year Location Technique Registration number
The square 1973 Reserve Photograph AP5507


  • 1941: Born in the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina to artist parents (Julio Porter, a writer and film director, and Margarita Galetar, a poet)
  • 1953: Starts studying at the National School of Fine Arts and is considered a young prodigy, beginning her artistic training at the early age of 12.
  • 1964: Settles in New York. Co-founds the New York Graphic Workshop print workshop together with the artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo.
  • 1973: Presents an individual exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and receives an award at the Cali Print Biennial in Cali, Colombia.
  • 2017: Awarded the “Grand Homage” prize by Argentina’s Banco Central de la República, an award in existence since 2008 that aims to pay homage to Argentinian artists.

See also


  1. Liliana Porter. Liliana Porter – Antológica (Liliana Porter Anthology), Neuquen National Museum of Fine Arts, 2015


  • Buccellato, L., & Ramírez, G. (2015). Liliana Porter Antología (Liliana Porter Anthology), catalogue of the Neuquen National Museum of Fine Arts. Neuquén.
  • Camnitzer, L. (2012). Didáctica de la liberación. Arte conceptualista latinoamericano (Liberation teaching: Latin American conceptual art). Bogotá: Gilberto Alzáte Avendaño Foundation, District Institute of the Arts.

Art collection of the Banco de la República


1. Research and text: Daniela García, mediator of the museums and collections of the Banco de la República, for Banrepcultural.

2. Text revision and editing: Inti Camila Romero Estrada, temporary professional in Public and Educational Services, Art and Other Collections Unit (UAOC) Banrecultural.

3.Diana Marcela Salas Solórzano, Head of Public and Educational Services, Art and Other Collections Unit (UAOC) Banrepcultural.