Paula Rego

born 1935

Paula Rego, ‘The Dance’ 1988
The Dance 1988
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In Tate Britain
In Tate Britain


Dame Paula Rego (born 26 January 1935), is a Portuguese-born visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Rego’s style has evolved from abstract towards representational, and she has 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. She was the first artist-in-residence at the National Gallery in London. She lives and works in London.

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Film and audio


Reflections on the Art School – Part 3: Alice Strickland

This is a video recording from Tate Britain conference Reflections on the Art School and is with Alice Strickland (Independent ...


The Curwen Studio: Paula Rego, Stanley Jones and Alan Powers in Conversation

Since 1958 the Curwen Studio has enabled artists to explore the medium of lithography. To coincide with the display in ...

Paula Rego at the Curwen Studio

Paula Rego shows us the fine art of printmaking


20th Birthday Artist Talk: Series, Sequences and Stories : Paula Rego and Lewis Biggs in conversation

Paula Rego joins Lewis Biggs in an illustrated discussion on the experience of exhibiting at Tate Liverpool, the impact the ...


Paula Rego: Artist’s Talk

Paula Rego discussed her career with Fiona Bradley.



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Contemporary reflections on a work in the Tate collection

Sketches, letters, etc.

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