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Gray Portela
Collective Exhibition
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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Oil on Canvas
19.5" x 16" 

    Self Portrait #1

    Oil on Canvas
    19.5" x 16"
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Oil on Canvas
19.5" x 16" 

    Fabiana

    Oil on Canvas
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  • The Passenger
Oil on Canvas
19.5" x 16" 

    The Passenger

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    19.5" x 16"
  • The Foot
Oil on Canvas
47.5" x 35.5" 

    The Foot

    Oil on Canvas
    47.5" x 35.5"
  • The Immortal Lovers
Oil on Canvas
19.5" x 16" 

    The Immortal Lovers

    Oil on Canvas
    19.5" x 16"
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Oil on Canvas
47.5" x 35.5" 

    The Girl with Headphone

    Oil on Canvas
    47.5" x 35.5"
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Gray Portela

GRAY PORTELA

Collective Exhibition
October 21 – November 10, 2020
Reception: Thursday, October 22, 2020 6-8 PM

Brazilian artist Gray Portela discovered the therapeutic effects of painting as a child. As an adult, he returned to painting as a way to process and cope with the pressure of practicing oncology in Brazil—a country where great socioeconomic disparity prevents many patients from getting the healthcare they need and limits the resources of the doctors trying to help them. 

Working in oil, Portela’s paintings feature mostly blue figures centered on the background of an otherwise empty white canvas; he describes them as poems about his patients. Capturing moments that are both personal and universal, the unique qualities of each figure personify the patient’s individual experience, while their formal elements unify them, symbolizing the commonalities of human endurance—in Portela’s words, “life and death, pain and hope, victory and defeat”. By giving form to his feelings, Portela centers himself as artist and doctor, sharing with his viewers the challenge of fighting against a devastating disease and an inadequate healthcare system, and the emotional demands of providing care, hope and understanding to his patients and their families.