Cuban artist born in Havana on February 24, 1912.
Portocarrero began his artistic education at the San Alejandro Academy but left early and is hence considered ‘self-taught’. He put on his first exhibition in 1934, at the Havana Lyceum, beginning a long career which included a 1937 collaboration with Mariano Rodríguez.
As well as a painter and sculptor, Portocarrero worked as a ceramist, scenic designer and book illustrator. He was also a muralist, producing public artworks for the Havana Prison and the Hotel Habana Libre. His artworks form part of the permanent collections of galleries in the Museums of Modern Art, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; the Museums of Modern Art, New York and San Francisco; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as his native Cuba at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.
He died in Havana on April 7, 1985.