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Paula Rego

(Lisbon, 1935) Lives and works in London.

Between 1952 and 1956 Paulo Rego made her training at the Slade School of Art, London. In 1954 her talent was immediately recognized by the same school. She won the 1st Prize Summer Composition. Married Victor Willing, a british artist wich made her adopt London as her city of residence and work.

With a prodigious imagination, the artist explores techniques and different languages through painting and drawing, somewhere between magical realism and contemporary mythology. The female point of sexuality issues are often the premises for the start of her works.

Along its journey, she was recognized with several awards both in England and in Portugal, as in other countries: Doctor Honoris Causa in various UK universities (between 1999 and 2015) in Portugal is awarded the Grã-Cruz da Ordem de Sant'Iago da Espada, granted by the President of the Republic (2004); receives the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (2011); receives the major prize Amadeo de Souza Cardoso (Consecration) Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante(2013).The many individual and collective exhibitions in which the artist participated, we highlight: Paula Rego, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais (2009-10) Paula Rego, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2007); Paula Rego, Marlborough Fine Art, London, United Kingdom (2006); Paula Rego, Serralves Museum, Porto (2004); Paula Rego in Focus, Tate Britain, London (2004); Paula Rego Retrospective exhibition, Tate Liverpool (1997); Retrospective Exhibition, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (1988) The Serpentine Gallery, London (1988).

The opening of Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (Cascais, Portugal) in 2009, was an important event. This space is dedicated to the work of Paula Rego and Victor Willing, and the private collection of the artist, including drawing, engraving and painting, as an important contribution to the study of her work. Her work is represented in numerous national and international collections, highlighting some: The British Museum (UK); Tate Gallery (UK); Saatchi (UK); Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA); National Gallery (UK); Serralves Foundation (PT); Berardo Collection Museum (PT); Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT).

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