Creator, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

João Candido Portinari

Holds degrees in Mathématiques Supérieures (1959) and Mathématiques Spéciales (1960) from the Lycée Louis-Le-Grand de Paris. Graduated as Telecommunications Civil Engineer from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris (1963). Earned his Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (1966).

After many years living abroad, he returned to Brazil in 1966 at the invitation of the Pontifical Catholic University do Rio de Janeiro. He was a founder of the Mathematics Department at PUC-Rio and was Department Head from 1968 to 1970.

In 1979 he envisioned and implemented the Portinari Project, and since then he has dedicated his time to leading all its efforts and achievements as Founder and Executive Director.

Vice-President and Legal Advisor

Maria Edina Portinari

Holds a Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC - Rio). She specializes in Intellectual Property, working in the areas of Copyright, Licensing, Entertainment Law and Industrial Property. She was partner and attorney with Dannemann Siemsen Law Firm from 1989 to 2008 and founded the Portinari, Tiedemann Barreto Law Firm.

In the academic world, she was Professor of Copyright in the Intellectual Property Advanced Studies program. Today’s World and Challenges, at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/RJ), in 2003; at the Higher School of Law (OAB/SP), between 2009 and 2012; at the Higher School of Legal Administration of Rio de Janeiro State (ESAJ); and she has also been guest lecturer in a variety of institutions and associations. She co-wrote the book Commentaries on Industrial Property Law – Renovar Publishing House (2005), and was guest lecturer at the Higher School of Legal Administrative (ESAJ) in 2009.

She has provided Legal Counsel to the Portinari Project since 1980.

Legal Advisory Services

Eliza Seoud

Art and Education Manager 

Guilherme de Almeida

Pedagogical Coordinator

Lizandro Ribeiro Ferreira

Monitor coordinator

Ianna Fletcher

Collection Manager

Noélia Coutinho dos Santos


Iconography Department

Telma Bonniau Gitirana

Bibliography Department

Danielle Loback de Carvalho

Production Assistant

Ingrid Hauer do Rego Monteiro

Finance Management

Vera Bendia

Administrative Management

Rose Macedo

General Office

Aline Pereira de Lima

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