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).
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What 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
Describe 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.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Sculptura, Contemporary , accent pieces
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Paul Evans , Tom Dixon, Charles and Ray Eames
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Do not follow trends , follow your heart
Where 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
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
Chicago Design Show 2003
United States of America, 2003