Paula Rego

1935 – 2022

Paula Rego, ‘The Guardian’ 2008
The Guardian 2008
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In Tate Britain

In Tate Britain

In Tate Britain


Dame Maria Paula Figueiroa Rego (Portuguese: [ˈpaʊ̯.lɐ ˈʁe.ɣu]: 26 January 1935 – 8 June 2022) was a Portuguese-British visual artist. She was known particularly for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Rego's style evolved from abstract towards representational, and she favoured pastels over oils for much of her career. Her work often reflects feminism, coloured by folk-themes from her native Portugal.

Rego studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and was an exhibiting member of The London Group, along with David Hockney and Frank Auerbach. In 1989, when the residency scheme restarted, she became the second artist-in-residence at the National Gallery in London, after Jock McFadyen, who was the first in 1981. She lived and worked in London.

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