Liliana Porter was born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she currently lives and works in New York, USA.
One of the most cited Argentinean artists in contemporary culture, Porter has long questioned the boundary between reality and its representation. She uses a whimsical collection of toys and figurines of animals and people to populate works that, with wit and a wry sense of humor, offers a metaphor of the human condition.
Working in printmaking, painting, photography, video and installation, Porter plays with the scale and fragility of the tiny objects that become the characters in the stories she tells.
Liliana Porter moved to New York in 1964. The same year, she founded The New York Graphic Workshop together with two fellows artists: Luis Camnitzar and José Guillermo Castillo, with the goal of redefining the practice of printmaking and its repetitive nature.
Since an early solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, in 1973, she has exhibited widely throughout Europe, South America and the United States, with important solo retrospectives at the Museo Tamayo De Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2008) and the Museo del Barrio (2018). Her work was featured in the 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017.
Professor at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, USA, from 1991 to 2007, Liliana Porter has been the recipient of significant prizes and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (1999, 1996, 1985), the Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship (1994) and seven PSC-CUNY research awards (from 1994 to 2004).
Several monographs of her work have been published and the scholarly work, Liliana Porter and the Art of Simulation (Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Ashgate Press) was published in 2008.
Her work is found in numerous public and private collections worldwide.