Maribel Portela was born in Mexico City and attended the School of Visual Art in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She exhibits in both Mexico and abroad, with solo exhibitions in Spain, China, Canada, the United States, and Switzerland. In Mexico City, she had a solo exhibition, Cluster, at the Museo Nacional de San Carlos. Often working with figures, Portela weaves together elements drawn from cultural traditions, religion, and pre-Hispanic symbolism.