Aixa Portero was born in Málaga, Spain and is a recognized artist trained in the Plastic Arts (painting and sculpture) at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Granada. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Brussels Sint-Lukas Floger Instituut (Belgium) and developed an interest in new artistic trends and new media, comprehensively rounding off her training abroad.
She undertook advanced professional training in Visual Arts Research at the L’Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel de Genève (now HEAD-ESGE) in Geneva (Switzerland). Her postgraduate studies continued with the Piet Zwart Institute, a Fine Art Program at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (Netherlands).
She then participated as a research artist at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Visual Arts (USA), where she performed the majority of the research that led to a European Doctorate in 2006 at the University of Granada, including an intense body of plastic work, where more than a dozen individual exhibitions and more than thirty collective exhibitions stand out, both at a national and international level. She has exhibited in locations such as Brussels, Geneva, Rotterdam, San Diego, Havana, Los Angeles, Paris, Minsk, Vilna, Bogotá.
Her work draws on philosophy, the essay, narrative and poetry. They are often forthright and risky forms, materialized through the use of new exhibition and technological forms; where Portero tends to combine paint, sculpture, photography, installation and new technologies. A member of Granada University’s Institute of Peace and Conflicts Investigation since 2003, all her work revolves around a Culture of Peace.
Her work turned to the concept of Trans-Appearance, where she investigated what lies beyond fragmentation and appearance, from a poetics of introspection, subsequently to the characterization of violence as a concept and emotion, manifested and exercised amidst social relationships and as personal experience; focused, also in fragmented form, through the prism of sublimation and emotion.
Her current work researches the POIESIS concept, from which the word ‘poetry’ derives. Poiesis is a term defined by Plato as “the cause which converts something we consider as non-being to being”. Heidegger referred to Poiesis as illumination, using the term in its widest sense. And from there to the discovery of “poetic reason” shown by the philosopher, thinker and essayist Maria Zambrano (Málaga), that supposes a luck of method of self-discovery of the being through the own actions. Aixa Portero permeates her work with autobiographical nuances, however, when addressing her proposals, she does via the simplicity in the materialization and visualization of the different pieces.
2006. PhD in Fine Arts (European Mention). University of Granada, (Spain).
2003 – Present. Member of the Peace and Conflict Institute. University of Granada, (Spain).
2002-2003. University of California, San Diego, Department of Visual Arts, PhD Visiting researcher UCSD, (USA).
2001-2002. Postgraduate Piet Zwart Institute Fine Arts Program of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, (The Netherlands).
1999-2000. Postgraduate in Art Plastic Research at École Supérieure d’Art Visuel de Genève, Geneva, (Switzerland).
1998. Fine Arts Graduate, Sculpture and Painting. (Sculpture specialty in 1998 and painting specialty in 2003), University of Granada, (Spain).
1997-1998. Completion of studies (Honourable Mention) in Sint-Lukas Hoger Institut. Brussels, (Belgium).