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Tom Porta


Tom Porta

Tom Porta was born in 1966 in Milan, where he lives and works.

Since his childhood he has shown a strong attitude towards drawing and the arts in general.

He graduated as "Master of Art" and began a successful career in illustration and photography.

Tom has lived in Italy, Germany, France, Japan and the United States and, since the beginning of his career, he has chosen to merge his life experiences in his own painting.
Since 2003, Tom has been painting full-time, putting aside photography and illustration, entering major collections as well as auctions such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Present in the ranking of the top 100 Italian artists, Porta is invited to participate in the 500 years of Italian painting, a collection that starts from the late 1500 until today. His work focuses on the history of the 20th century, using the past as a mirror of the present, as shown by his cycle of great success "Shinpu Tokkotai Project" Inspired by the Japanese Kamikaze.

At the end of a long journey of 4 years, in 2010 he presented for the fifth time in Milan the exhibition Extinction Agenda III, 27 canvases that also affect America and gets a flattering success.

After that he has been a guest of the event La Storia in Piazza, at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, with a solo exhibition of 20 canvases dedicated to his vision of war, his littleness and the desperate heroism of his iconic interpreters.

In September 2011 Porta was invited by the Venice Biennale, curated by prof. Sgarbi, to the last artistic selection hosted by the city of Turin. He participates with 2 works: the last of Extinction III and the preview of the next exhibition 2012, with the work The End.

He closed 2011 by participating in a group show, Mario Giusti Picks, with 6 canvases, c/o the space HQ-HEADQUARTER in Milan followed by many group shows and the solo exhibition in Bologna with 22 canvases, in May 2013: ODISSEY, ten years after 2003-2013. In October 2013 he returned to Milan and exhibited 6 works in the collective La grande Magia.

2014 is the American year: Porta lands with great success in California.

After the preview at the Famedio in Milan, in November 2014, of 6 canvases of his new exhibition, INFERNO, 1914-2014, for the centenary of the First World War, debuts with the same always at the Famedio.



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