SeeLab: Paula Rego

Paula Rego is a Portuguese painter born in 1935. She is most known for her paintings that are based on storybooks. Rego was sent to the UK where she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1952 until 1956. While she was in school, she began exhibiting with The London Group. Since then, she has exhibited her work in many shows, both solo and as part of a group.


Rego’s most well-known pieces are depictions of folk tales and of little girls, produced from the 1990’s until today. She has been influenced by surrealism avant-garde work, as well as the Old Masters.

In the 1990’s, Rego began using pastels as her main medium and continues that to this day. In her latest work, Rego deals a lot with the idea of feminism. This is most prominently shown in her series “Dog Women,” shown here:

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