- Born in the town of Elói Mendes, southern of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Mauricio Porto draws since his childhood. The painting techniques of oil on canvas arrived in his life at the age of 16, when encouraged by his mother he attended painting classes with artist Maria Augusta Procópio at his hometown. Since then, painting has become a constant activity.
Moving from his hometown to Rio de Janeiro added the background in design, after the graduation in Social Communication – Advertising and Marketing at Facha University in 1991.
The professional experience as an art director for advertising agencies, as well creating graphic design for theater plays, became the main inspiration for his artworks.
After living in Rio for 15 years, Maurício spent some time in New York, where he studied Design Essentials at the Macintosh Learning Center, and made some exhibitions.
Maurício Porto has shown his paintings in different spaces and galleries between the United States and Brazil.
Solo Exhibition: Happiness – Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel – DaVera Galeria – November 2017 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Carmen Miranda The Brazilian Bombshell – Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana – March 2016 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Madonna Like a Painting – Galeria Paulo Capelari – December 2012 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Horses – Expointer 2011 – Stand Programa Cavalos Crioulos – August 2011 – Esteio, RS / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: What The Eyes Can See – Galeria Espaço Cultural TRT – April 2010 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Pop Art – Café do Porto – September 2009 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Untitled – Galeria Paulo Capellari Sala Especial – April 2009 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Summer Time – Garagem de Arte (Rua Luciana de Abreu) – December 2005 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Collective Exhibition: Summer Salon – Ward-Nasse Gallery (Prince Street, Soho) – June – August 2004 – New York / USA
Collective Exhibition: Barbara-Ann Levy (Fire Island) – July 2002/2003 – Small Carmens – New York / USA
Collective Exhibition: Connections To The Real – Agora Gallery (560 Broadway, Soho) – November 2001 – New York / USA
Solo Exhibition: Faith – Unimed Salão de Eventos – February 2001 – Varginha / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Brazil 500 Years of Colors – Galeria Central Praça da Matriz – March 2000 Elói Mendes / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Odd Repetitions – Arte&Fato Galeria – March – April 2000 – Porto Alegre / Brazil
Solo Exhibition: Untitled – Caffé del’Artista (Greenwich Village) – May 1999 – New York / USA
Collective Exhibition: Summer Salon – Ward-Nasse Gallery (Prince Street, Soho) – June – August 1999 – New York / USA
Collective Exhibition: Artists From Minas – Assembléia Legislativa de Minas Gerais – September 1998 – Belo Horizonte / Brazil
Collective Exhibition: Art Students of Teacher Maria Augusta – Hall State Bank of Minas Gerais – Elói Mendes / Brazil