Emilio Portal



Artist, Musician, Designer


Emilio Portal started playing drums in 1995, at the age of 13. In 2000, he started experimenting in electronic music. Over the past 20 years, he has performed live and in a studio context with numerous musicians throughout Canada. His musical focus is rooted in Latin and Andean music, jazz, hip hop, improvisation, electroacoustic music, and experimental sound art. Since 2008, through Portal Studio, he has completed numerous commissions for clients in British Columbia and Ontario as a designer, carpenter, and furniture-maker. In 2011, Emilio and Elyse Portal started making art together under the moniker EE Portal. Their performances, installations, and multimedia works address historic and contemporary ecological and spiritual issues. Collaboration, negotiation, and agreement are at the core of their creative process. Emilio has exhibited throughout Canada, notably at Open Space, grunt gallery, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, and L’Ecart. He has worked with a multitude of artists and curators, namely Rebecca Belmore, Peter Morin, Clayton Windatt, Jessica Karuhanga, Golboo Amani, and Elyse Portal. 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.

Ice Follies, 2023

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