Guy Portelli, born in South Africa, later studied Interior Design at Medway College of Art ( Now KIAD) and then worked as a sculptor in the special effects dept for the BBC TV before setting up his own studio in 1981, producing sculptures for the advertising market.
His first opportunity in the world of fine art sculpture was being commissioned to sculpt 13 9ft classical sculptures for The London Pavilion, in Piccadilly Circus, London, and this has lead on to commissions around the country, as well as the opportunity to promote his creative side with gallery pieces.
Elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998 and a fellow in 2007 and has sat on the council. He has also sat on the Council of the RBA and was Vice President up until March 2014, as well as being on the Board of the Federation of British Artists for 3 years. He is actively involved with the promotion of sculpture organising many group exhibitions as well as solo shows and talking to schools regarding arts and projects.
In 2008 he decided to take his Pop Icon project to the Dragon’s Den, where he won funding for an exhibition of the project – his investors are James Caan, Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones. The venue for the exhibition was The Mall Galleries in London and this took place in June /July 2009. The TV coverage has lead on to other interesting projects and put the project fully in the public domain.