Patrícia Portela is a writer and performance maker born in 1974, living between Belgium and Portugal.
She studied set and costume design in Lisbon and in Utrecht, film in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and Philosophy in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2003 she has worked on her own performances and installations in collaboration with international artists. She has achieved national and international recognition for her unusual work and is considered one of the most daring artists and innovative writers of her generation. She won, among other prizes, the Revelation Prize in 1994 for her creative work in performance and cinema, the Prize Teatro naDécada for T5 in1999, the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão for the performance Flatland I in 2004, and was one of the 5 finalists of the Sonae Media Art Prize 2015 with her installation Parasomnia. She has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa in 2013, and was the first literary resident in Berlin in 2016. She is the author of several novels and short stories.