Oregon born Remedios Rapoport is a Pacific Northwest artist working from her Portland studio. In 1988 Rapoport began a study of Filete Porteño from the masters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After receiving her BFA degree in 1989 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she continued utilizing Filete within her paintings and sculptures. With support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, Oregon her work has been collected and exhibited in national and international museums and galleries. Exhibitions have taken her work to communities including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Chicago and Buenos Aires.

Working as a sign painter and muralist propelled her career with funding and skill building projects that allowed her to develop new ways to be a painter. Her fine art paintings began to develop into dimensional wall sculptures and kinetic sculptures, combining letter forms, pictorials and found objects, as Word Portraits became a description for the new art form.

 

BORN Salem, Oregon, 1956

 

EDUCATION

1989 BFA Degree, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

1976-79 Studied printmaking and liberal arts at: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon & Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Monarch Studio Gallery, Seattle, Washington, The Gentle Revolution

2008 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, Oregon, The Gentle Revolution

2005 Bold-Sky, Portland, Oregon

2005 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Making Dreams into Reality…Fair Magic

2004 Onda Cross Currents Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Arte del Pueblo

2004 Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington, Empowerment, Ourselves & Culture

2003 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Flamboyant

2002 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Viva  Filete

2002 Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, Oregon, When Filete Migrates

2000 Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mensajes para un Nuevo Mundo

1999 Museo de la Ciudad, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Buenos Aires Visto por Ojos de Otro Lugar

1999 Swigert Commons, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, Views of Buenos Aires Culture

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Ford Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Portland Love Show 2018

2018 PAGE Space, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, Resilience in Flux 

2017 Chicago Art Department, Chicago, Il, Pre-Vinylette International Women Sign Painters Show

2017 Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, Political Response Pop-up Show

2016 Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, California, 

Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All

2016 Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, California, Vision:An Artist’s Perspective

2015 Innovation Studio, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, 1st Thurs. Pop-up Show!

2014 Marcas Contemporary, Los Angeles, California, Sign Painters Art Show

2013 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Love of Portland

2012 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Simply Red (2)

2011 Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, Washington, (Be)Longing

2011 Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The 6th Annual Love Show

2009 JayKay Gallery, Carrouge, Switzerland, Landscapes/Dreamscapes

2009 Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The 4th Annual Love Show

2008 Gallery XIV, Boston, Massachusetts, a politics 2008

2007 Microcosm Gallery, New York, New York, Original Face

2007 Asian Fusion Gallery of the Asian Cultural Center & Reflect-arts, New York, New York, Essence of Asia

2007 Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The Love Show

2006 Micro Museum & Reflect Arts, Brooklyn, New York, Circus Surreal 2006

2006 Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, Oregon, On Love, 30x30

2006 Port Authority of NY/NJ Bus Terminal, New York, New York, Unity Canvas 

2005 Mark Woolley Gallery at Wonder, Portland, Oregon, Small Wonders

2005 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Group Show

2005 San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, California

SDAI 2005/48th Annual International Exhibition

2005 ArtCentric, Corvallis Oregon, Filete and Photos

2005 Virginia Breier, San Francisco, California

2004 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California, Red Alert: War, Peace, and Civil Liberties 

2004 Northwind Arts Center,  Port Townsend, Washington, Expressions Northwest Juror Jake Seniuk 

2004 ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon, 2nd Around Oregon Annual, Juror Mark Woolley 

2004 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 10 years: One Foot After Another

2004 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Group Show

2003 Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, Gresham, Oregon, 2003 Juried Art Exhibit, Juror Mark Woolley

2003 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Group Show

2002 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York, Unity Canvas 

2002 First Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon, Works of Faith, Juror Charles Froelick

2001 Gallery 214 ArtSpace, Montclair, New Jersey, Dreamscapes Landscapes

1999      Whatcom Museum of History & Art, Bellingham, Washington, Northwest International Art Competition

1999      Centro de Gestión y Participatión No. 7, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Flores Fileteado

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2010    Tango Berretín

City of Portland Public Art Mural Grant,

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

Graffiti Abatement Community Grant,

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, Portland, Oregon

2008 Career Opportunity Grant, The Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, Oregon

2008 Project Grant, the Gentle Revolution exhibit, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

2006 Honorable Mention, Be Yourself, Circus Surreal 2006 exhibit, 

Micro Museum/Reflect-Arts, Brooklyn, New York

2003 Featured artist for Gresham Art Walk celebration, Gresham, Oregon

2002 Honorable Mention, Honorable Qualities, Works of Faith exhibit, Portland, Oregon

1995 Technical Assistance Grant, filete study, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

1990 National Wilbur Award, 30 sec. TV Earth Day PSA, Wash Me, KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2010 Tango Berretín, City of Portland Public Art Mural,

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

2001 Defenders of Fresh Air, City of Portland Department of Transportation, 

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

 

COLLECTIONS

2011 Marquam Hill Art Committee, OHSU, Portland, Oregon

2005 Marquam Hill Art Committee, OHSU, Portland, Oregon

2004 Portable Works Collection of Multnomah County, RACC, Portland, Oregon

2003 Museo de Arte Popular Jose Hernandez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2002 King County Portable Works Collection, Seattle, Washington

2001 Marquam Hill Art Committee, OHSU, Portland, Oregon

1999 Museo de la Ciudad, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

LECTURES/PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2017 The Pre-Vinylette Society: An International Showcase of Women Sign Painters, 

panel discussion, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, Illinois

2016 Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, panel discussion, 

Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, California

2010 (Be)Longing at the Cultural Crossroads, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2005 ArtSpeaks - Filete:  Painting Buenos Aires Style, ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon

2004 Artist Talk - Filete: a decorative line, Spanish/English, Archer Gallery, Clark College, 

Vancouver, Washington

 

TEACHING

2012 Sign Painting Workshop, Design Week, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

2013-14 Filete Porteño & Sign Painting techniques, Private lessons in Studio, Portland, Oregon 

 

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

Aplin, Beth C..  Champagne Flows as 'Circus' Begins at Micro Museum, Brooklyn Eagle

InBrooklyn (illustrated), Brooklyn, New York, May 4, 2006

Aubele, Luis.  Che, pebete, y el firulete?, La Nacion, Espectåculos, (illustrated), 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 20, 2000

___________  El filete llegó lejos, La Nacion, Espectåculos, (illustrated), 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 10, 1999

Erin Brown. Sign painter exhibit shows off women’s handiwork, The Columbia Chronicle, 

Manier, Miranda, Arts & Culture, (illustrated), Chicago, IL, September 18, 2017

Cernadas, Alfredo.  Filete at large, Buenos Aires Herald, Art on Sunday p.9, (illustrated), 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 22, 2000

Clarin Staff. Con ojos de otro lugar, Clarin, Sociedad p.67(illustrated), 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 16, 1999

Coucke, Hester.  Filete & Photos: Remedios & Karen Dunlap, ArtSpirit, p.1, 3,4, (illustrated), 

Corvallis, Oregon, Spring 2005

Cowen, Ron.  Art Annual Opens on Friday, Statesman Journal, Arts & Life, (illustrated), 

Salem, Oregon, August 17, 2008

Distefano, Anne Marie. The Love Show Finds Room For More, Portland Tribune, Portland!Life, (illustrated), 

Portland, Oregon, February 17, 2009

Fanchiang, Alice.  War, Peace, and Civil Liberties, Art Review, The Daily Californian

San Francisco, California, October 28, 2004

Gallivan, Joseph.  Who to see, Remedios Rapoport, Portland Tribune

Weekend! Life p,1,(illustrated), Portland, Oregon, December 9, 2006

Genovese, Alfredo.  Tratado de Fileteado Porteño, p.38,(illustrated)  Editiones Deldragon, 

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2003

Goslow, Brian.  A Politic, Artscope, p.13,22,23, Boston, Massachusetts, July/August 2008

Gutfreund Cornett Art. Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, 

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2016

__________________ Vision: An Artist's Perspective, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, cover

p. 70 - 71 (illustrated), June 2016

Hogue, Theresa.  Collaboration yields artistic fruits, Corvallis Gazette-Times, 

The Entertainer p.11(illustrated), Corvallis, Oregon, April 1-8, 2005

_____________  Cultures mix in ArtCentric collaboration, Corvallis Gazette-Times, 

Corvallis, Oregon, April 1-8, 2005

Luini, Juliette.  All-Woman Exhibition Explores Art as Activism, Ms. Magazine Blog, Arlington, Virginia, 

July 15, 2016

Pizarro, Sal.  San Jose art exhibition showcases female perspectives, The Mercury News, San Jose, California,

July 23, 2016

Pricco, Evan. "Sign Painters"@Marcas Gallery, Juxtapoz Magazine, 

  San Francisco, California, December 18, 2014

Rapoport, Remedios. En busca del auténtico filete, Signs of the Times en español

cover, p.60-64 (illustrated), Mayo/Junio 2001, p.32-38 (illustrated), Julio/Agosto 2001

_________________  Viva Filete, Signs of the Times, p.66, 67(illustrated), May 2001

Senn, Evan. The Folk Art of SoCal Sign Painting, KCET, kcet.org, 

  Orange, Los Angeles, California, January 12, 2015

Voon, Claire. This Way to the First-Ever Show of Women Sign Painters, Hyerallergic, (illustrated), 

Brooklyn, New York, September 15, 2017