< back


Grazielle Portella (b. 1989, Brazil) is a Visual Artist, Designer and PhD Fellow in Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. Informed by philosophy, neuroscience and aesthetics, in her Doctorate she develops the concept of Slow Drawing in the context of an accelerated post-digital world.

Her research emerges from her personal artistic practice, crossed by her professional experience at Google and start-ups, and a Master in Digital Design (PUC-SP, 2016), in which she problematized the increased usage of technologies and its effects on users, designers and artists. In this paradigm, she investigates contemplative, meditative and affective practices in contemporary art, as a sustainable attitude aiming for internal development, counsciouness, intuition, and empathy.

Previously worked for Google (São Paulo), Flaner (Paris/Lisbon), K Solutions (Paris), Actar Publishers (Barcelona) and Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona). PhD currently funded by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

︎ grazielleportella@gmail.com
︎ /grazielleportella  ︎ /slowwwdrawing 
︎ View full CV
︎ Saatchi Art online store


Portella, G. Contemporary Drawing and Ancient Philosophy: the artistic creation as a practice of “care of the Self” // Desenho Contemporâneo e Filosofia Antiga: A criação artística como prática de «cuidado de si». In: Thomas Project: a border Journal for utopian thoughts. 5(1), pp. 137-157, 2021. Link︎︎︎ Text︎︎︎

Portella, G. Drawing from observation, observing thoughts: Drawing in isolated acts. In: 5 Minutos de Desenho. Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa: Lisboa, 2021. Link︎︎︎

Portella, G. Drawing in isolation, contemplation of the soul // O desenho em isolamento como contemplação da alma. In: Colóquio Expressão Múltipla IV : teoria e prática do desenho : atas das conferências. Lisboa, 2021, p.124-136. Link ︎︎︎

Portella, G. Slow Drawing: relations between observational drawing and transcendental meditation // Slow Drawing: As relações do desenho de observação e a meditação transcendental no contexto do mundo pós-moderno. In: Colóquio Expressão Múltipla III : teoria e prática do desenho : atas das conferências. Lisboa, 2020, p.114-124. Link︎︎︎

Portella, G. Connected objects: a gaze into usability and design of tangible interfaces // Objetos conectados: um olhar sobre a usabilidade e design das interfaces tangíveis. Master Dissertation. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo: São Paulo, 2016. Link︎︎︎

Portella, G. Presence + Perception = print. Guide of visual representational techniques applied on print support. // Presença + Percepção = impressão : guia de técnicas de representação visual aplicáveis ao suporte impresso. Final Graduation Project Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul: Porto Alegre, 2011. Link︎︎︎

Portella, G. et al. An instantaneous look into the world: Invisible cities // Una mirada instantánea del mundo: Ciudades visibles. In: Arquitecturas del Sur, ISSN 0716-2677, ISSN-e 0719-6466, Vol. 27, Nº. 35 (Agosto) (Ejemplar dedicado a: RESTAURACIÓN Y RECICLAJE), 2009, pp. 26-27. Link︎︎︎

“Fragile Power of Drawing”. Collective exhibit at Atelier 11, Paris. Also available online. October, 2021. Link︎︎︎ Artwork︎︎︎

Drawings created for exhibit Les autòmates: prototips sentimentals“ by the artist Joana Burd, Casa del Mig, Barcelona, September, 2021. Link︎︎︎

“O símbolo de uma pandemia”. Collective exhibit at Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade de Lisboa, May, 2021. Link︎︎︎ Drawing︎︎︎


Drawing Research Residency at L’Air Arts. Paris-France, October 2021. Link︎︎︎

Art Residency at Joya. Almería-Spain, September, 2021. Link︎︎︎

Talks & Interviews

Coordination and hostess of online event 5 Minutos de Desenho, monthly since 2020, leading interviews with artists: Dipali Dupta, João Catarino, Aline Basso, Anna Chan, Sam Winston, Cecília Corujo, Juan Cavia, Carolina Correia, Carol Prusa, Gary Embury. Check more at 5md.belasartes.ulisboa.pt︎︎︎

Speaker at Webinar Drawing Us In: A Conversation about Contemporary Drawing. Miami, 2020. Link︎︎︎

Harmonizing user experience in tech companies. Talk at Cubo Summit, São Paulo, March 2017. Link︎︎︎

Interview given to Zero Hora, a newspaper from Brazil. Da UFRGS para o Google: a jovem que conquistou seu lugar na 5ª empresa mais valiosa do mundo. Porto Alegre, 2014. Link︎︎︎