Paula Rego is a painter, illustrator and printmaker who was has been described by the art critic Robert Hughes as the ‘best painter of women's experience alive today’. Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935 and went to finishing school in England before attending the Slade School of Art, where she met her husband Victor Willing. Rego and Willing divided their time between Portugal and England until 1975, when they moved to England permanently following the 1974 ‘carnation revolution’ in Portugal where Salazar’s dictatorship was ousted by Maoist insurrectionists. Back in London, Rego taught at the Slade and was able to continue painting with the assistance of grants from the Gulbenkian Foundation. (viaArtbank)
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