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baltasar portillo

Born: 1967

Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador

Based in: Porto

Baltasar Portillo, San Salvador, El Salvador, 1967 , University of Miami 1992
Has been working in sculpture and limited edition furniture made in studio since 1995. He has been a member of the Furniture Society of North America since 1996. One of his pieces (Skeletoid Chair) was selected by the Furniture Society of North America to represent the society at its annual exhibition ICFF during NY Design Week 2010. The Armadillo chair was shortlisted during the 2012 BIDDIMAD (Bienal Iberoamericana de diseño Madrid Spain).


More About baltasar portillo

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by my soroundings, it is a result of the dialogue I stablish with the inteaction of what surounds me

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I work with spontaneous design , often I have an idea, and go to my studio and depending on the idea I have, I choose the material, but there is no pre-designing involved in the process, but rather a spontaneous interaction with the idea and the material. Sometimes the constraints of the material turn interesting variations of the central idea, developing a piece of its own.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Sculptura, Contemporary , accent pieces

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Paul Evans , Tom Dixon, Charles and Ray Eames

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

The Welder

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Do not follow trends , follow your heart

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I go for a walk in fhe forest, or swim in the sea



University of Miami

United States of America, 1992


Bienal Ibero Americana de Diseno Madrid ,Honorable Mention


Furniture Society Selection NY Design Week 2010



Lisbon Design Week

Portugal, 2023

Museo de Arte de El Salvador

El Salvador, 2010


United States of America, 2010

Architectural Digest Design Show , NY

United States of America, 2009

Art Basel, Miami

United States of America, 2008

Ambiente Internationale Frankfurter Messe

Germany, 2005

Chicago Design Show 2003

United States of America, 2003