Paula Rego is the most famous living portuguese female painter. She was born in Lisbon (1935) within a rich family, during Salazar's regime, which would be a later influence in her work. Married to an english artist, she moved to London in 1975.
Her work often gives a sinister edge to storybook imagery, emphasizing malicious domination or the subversion of natural order, sometimes dealing with polemic social realities.
Paula 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.
Part of her work can currently be seen at Palácio Anjos (and taking photos is allowed!).