emilio portal is a metis, french, irish, spanish, peruvian interdisciplinary artist, musician, and crafts-person born in new westminster, british columbia. emilio holds a Bfa in Fine Art from laurentian University, a bachelor of environmental design studies (architecture) from dalhousie university, a permaculture design certificate, a natural building passport issued from o.u.r. ecovillage, and a masters of fine arts from the university of victoria.
his work revolves around the connections between identity, culture, ecology, labour, waste and history. he has exhibited throughout canada, notably at open space in victoria, bc, grunt gallery in vancouver, bc, and la galerie du nouvel-ontario in sudbury, ontario. he has worked with a multitude of artists and curators, namely rebecca belmore, peter morin, clayton windatt, jessica karuhanga, golboo amani and elyse portal.
in 2011, emilio and elyse portal started making art together under the moniker ee portal. their performances and installations address historic and contemporary environmental and spiritual issues. collaboration, negotiation and agreement are at the core of their creative process.
over the past decade, through portal studio, he has also completed numerous commissions for clients in british columbia and ontario as a designer, carpenter and furniture-maker.
currently, portal holds the position of fabrication lab technologist at the mcewen school of architecture, laurentian university. he is a long-standing board member at la galerie du nouvel-ontario. he resides in sudbury, ontario with his wife elyse portal and their son teo.
he is also a proficient live and studio multi-percussionist.