Dame Paula Rego, DBE (born 26 Jan. 1935); Portuguese-born visual artist 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, colored by folk-themes from her native Portugal.

Rego studied at the Slade School of Fine Art 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.

Paula Figueiroa Rego, GCSE, pron. IPA; Portuguese painter, illustrator and printmaker.

Born in Lisbon to a wealthy family, during Salazar's regime, which would be a later influence in her malicious, sinister and dominating characters.

Rego was sent to St Julian's School, Carcavelos, Portugal before studying at the Slade School of Art where she met the artist Victor Willing, whom she eventually married.

The two divided their time between Portugal and England until 1975, when they moved to England permanently. In 1988, Willing died after suffering for some years from multiple sclerosis.

Mother-in-law to Ron Mueck whose career she influenced. Rego was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1989 and was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by Oxford University in June 2005.

Following note from: The Saatchi Gallery.

Paula Rego's work always has a sense of magical realism; quirky contemporary mythologies pointing to an underlying psychology and sexuality, through a feminine view point.
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