Paula Rego

Paula Rego

Portugal 1935

Figurative Art

Paula Rego
Paula Rego
February 13, 2017
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Rightfully earning the place among the most famous female painters due to the monumentality and psychological drama of her art, Paula Rego is certainly one of the most important figurative artists of her generation. Many of her paintings are of people caught in the act – but the acts are often ambiguous and the stories that surround them enigmatic. Seethed with gaggles of girls, animals, monsters and other imaginary beings, her work is exuberant and infectious, open and warm, but mysterious, too, and yes, somewhat unsettling. She first achieved success in her native Portugal with semi-abstract paintings with collage elements culled from her own drawings but has since shifted to figuration. Rego gave up working with collage in the late 1970s and began using pastels as a medium in the early 90s. The painter continues to use pastels to this day, almost to the exclusion of oil paint.

Paula Rego lisbon women artist like london and new art series at marlborough gallery
Paula Rego – Untitled, 1964

Paula Rego – Personal Life

Born in Lisbon, Rego grew up in Estoril and in Ericeira, a fishing village, where her grandparents lived. Her father was an engineer and her mother ran the house. Both of them had some artistic tendencies – the father made films as a hobby, and the mother rearranged the furniture.[1] She was also familiar with the painting due to her education. The family was, however, divided in 1936, when Rego’s father was posted to work in the UK. Her parents moved there, and young Paula was left in the care of her grandmother, who would become a person of extreme importance in the artist’s life, telling her traditional folktales that would one day become the very base of Rego’s work. From 1945 to 1951, she attended the St Julian’s School, Carcavelos, the only English-language school in Portugal at the time. In 1952, Rego began her studies at The Slade School of Art, London. While at Slade, she met Victor Willing, her future husband, who also studied there. In 1957, they moved to Ericeira, and two years later, they got married (following Willing’s divorce from his previous wife). In 1963, the couple bought a house in London and, for the next twelve years, lived between England and Portugal. In 1975, following the socio-political events in Portugal, Victor and Paula settled permanently in the UK. They have three children: Nick, Victoria, and Caroline Willing. Victor, Paula’s loving husband and her major support in her career, died in 1988.

The art of Paula Rego is inspired by folk tales, among other

Paula Rego like new art displayed at marlborough home gallery in london
Paula Rego – Dancing Ostriches from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’, 1995

Beginnings and Approach to Work

“Painting helps you find out about things through painting them. It is not a career.”[2] As the painter admits, she not entirely sure when she decided to be an artist. It was simply what she was best at in school. Rego began drawing on the floor at a very early age, and she continued to do so for years. Her grandmother also played a major part in her career, taking care of her when her parents were in England, and telling her all those stories, fueling Rego’s imagination, and unknowingly forging an immensely strong base for the future painter. However, it seems as the final nudge came in 1944 when her father commissioned a Belgian portraitist who was “hibernating in Portugal” to paint his wife and their only daughter. Rego recalls watching the elderly artist at work. Part of her was fascinated by the mechanism by which he transmuted people into pictures; the other part was thinking: “I could do better than that.”[3] And so she did, becoming not only better than that Belgian portraitist; she became one of the most famous figurative artists. Since 1994, Rego creates art in a studio in Camden, northwest London. The space and freedom that this move allowed had a dramatic effect on the way she works, changing her preparations, models, method, and technique.[4]

Rego begin drawing at a very early age

Paula Rego decides on terms of privacy of her home and art in london
Paula Rego – Celestina’s House, 2001 (Left) / Olga, 2003 (Right)

The Art of Paula Rego: Inspiration and Influences

Drawing on well-known sources, including literature, fairy tales, religious stories and cartoons, Rego gives her paintings strong narrative element that draws in the viewer. However, the stories being told are often hard to read as they are subverted to produce an enigmatic, dreamlike atmosphere, influenced by her interest in surrealism. Multiple levels of reference and symbolism both build up and frustrate expectations. Key motifs (dogs, young girls, dominant father figures, claustrophobic family scenes) recur, creating a uniquely personal iconography.[5] Rego’s view of the world as expressed in her work is a particularly female one.[6] If one wants to truly understand the work of Paula Rego, some analytical tools must be used. For example, psychoanalytic theory and social history. Looking at two of Rego’s pieces – The Interrogator’s Garden (2000) and The Policeman’s Daughter (1987) – their content links them to the political context of the Estado Novo, the fascist-inspired regime that dominated her childhood.[7] There is a complex intertwining of state power and parental authority in her work, focusing on the “labor of socialization and resistance” that Rego’s work evinces in relation to the Freudian model of the family romance.

Rego’s recurring motifs are dogs, young girls, dominant father figures, claustrophobic family scenes

Paula Rego has a privacy terms art exhibition at london gallery marlborough
Paula Rego – The Policeman’s Daughter, 1987 (Left) / The Interrogator’s Garden, 2000 (Right)

Notable Works

For an artist as gifted and prolific as Paula Rego is, it can be extremely hard to emphasize some of the works and leave others in the dark. In Celestina’s House (2000), the artist created a world of dark fairy tale where childhood stories are thin guises for psycho-sexual intrigue and taboo, where magical realism rules, where nothing is certain except the witchy powers of feminism and the underlying notion that nothing is as it seems. Celestina is a character who first appeared in Spanish literature in the late fifteen century. A procuress, she is drawn ruthless, practical, and tough, and the work uses the story of Celestina to explore the ages of women. In Snow White Playing With Her Father’s Trophies (1995), the Portuguese master uses the allegory of female vanity to underlie a familial politic. The heroine, pictured in a white dress symbolizing virginity and innocence, seems wryly aware of her own sexuality. Sat unladylike with legs spread, she prizes the head of a young buck between her knees, representing sexual awakening and insinuating improper affection towards her father. In the background, her stepmother kneels as the aging witch, looking on with scorn and envy. In The Ostriches series, there is no story; no man (or child) is present or implied. The ostrich women may tempt or pursue men, but these are pictures of states of mind rather than narration; the most ‘abstract’, in the imaginative sense, of Rego’s career so far.

Paula Rego creates art in her home in London, and London is an inspiration for her
Paula Rego – Snow White Playing With Her Father’s Trophies, 1995 (Left) / Dancing Ostriches, 1995 (Right)

Paula Rego – Recognition, Collections, Exhibitions

The Portuguese painter has received honorary doctorates from the Winchester School of Art, the University of East Anglia, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Oxford. In 2004 she was awarded the Grã Cruz da Ordem de Sant’Iago da Espada by the President of Portugal. Five years later, a museum, dedicated to Rego’s work and designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, was opened in Cascais, Portugal. Several of her exhibitions have been held there since, and she has had numerous solo shows around the world, and she participated in countless group exhibitions. In 2010, Paula Rego was made a Dame of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors, and the same year she also won the MAPFRE Foundation Drawing Prize in Madrid. Her work is a part of many prestigious collections, including the Tate Gallery and National Gallery – both in London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Chapel of the Palacio de Belém in Lisbon, and many others.

Paula Rego lives and works in London.


  1. Kellaway K., Paula Rego, 80: ‘Painting is not a career. It’s an inspiration’ (2015), The Guardian [February 10, 2017]
  2. Ibidem
  3. Secher B., Paula Rego: ‘It’s horrible to be so old and still so afraid’ (2016), The Telegraph [February 10, 2017]
  4. McEwen J., Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes, Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (2008)
  5. Bradley F., Paula Rego, Tate (2003)
  6. McEwen J., Paula Rego, Phaidon Press; 2nd edition (1997)
  7. Rosengarten R., Love and authority in the work of Paula Rego: Narrating the family romance, Manchester University Press; 1 edition (2016)

Featured image: Paula Rego – portrait – image via
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Old Meets NewCasa das Historias, CascaisSolo
2016Portugal PortuguesesMuseu Afro Brasil, Sao PauloGroup
2016Portugal em Flagrante - Operacao 1Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, LisbonGroup
2015Cousin Bazilio and Other StoriesMarlborough Galeria, MadridSolo
2015The PoacherCasa das Historias, CascaisSolo
2015EllesFrissiras Museum, AthensGroup
2015Rabenmutter - Zwischen Kraft und Krise: Mutterbilder von 1900 bis heuteLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2015One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of PeopleHighlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, County Louth Group
2015RealityWalker Art Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
2015Group ShowMarlborough Barcelona, BarcelonaGroup
2015En cuerpo y alma. Mujeres artistas de los siglos XX y XXSala kubo-kutxa, San SebastianGroup
2015RCA Secret 2015Royal College of Art Galleries, LondonGroup
2014The Last King of PortugalMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2014Last but not leastGaleria 111 - Porto, PortoGroup
2014Animalia And Nature In The Cam CollectionCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2014What is contemporary in contemporay art?Galeria Mario Sequeira, BragaGroup
2014REALITYUniversity of East Anglia, NorwichGroup
2014Para la da pinturaPalacio Anjos, AlgesGroup
2014Exposicion ColectivaMarlborough Barcelona, BarcelonaGroup
2014Paula Rego - Honore Daumier: mexericos e outras historiasMuseo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo MEIAC, BadajozGroup
2014Intrusions: Looking after Aickman - Artists and the UncannyPrintroom, LondonGroup
2014Arshile Gorky and the CollectionCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2014Histories: Works From The Serralves CollectionMuseu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporanea, PortoGroup
201440 Years of Women ArtistsThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West MidlandsGroup
2013Dame with the goat’s foot and other storiesMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2013CharactersThe Holburne Museum, Bath, SomersetGroup
2013Artistas Portugueses. Obras Da Coleccao Particular De Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva E Arpad SzenesFundacao Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva - FASVS, LisbonGroup
20132Q13: Women Collectors, Women ArtistsLloyds Club, LondonGroup
2013Under the Sign of Amadeo a Century of ArtCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2013Drawing Biennial 2013The Drawing Room, LondonGroup
2013A doce e acida incisao. A Gravura em contexto (1956-2004)Museu do Neo-Realismo, Vila Franca de XiraGroup
2013Painting I - Eclectic affinitiesFrissiras Museum, AthensGroup
2013From Grimm to Reality: an exploration of imagination and storytelling in contemporary artSidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, KentGroup
2012RetrospectiveThe Gulbenkian Museum, ParisSolo
2012Balzac and other StoriesMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2012Riso - LaughterMuseu da Electricidade, LisbonGroup
2012A Ciencia do DesenhoCasa da Cerca - Centro de Arte Contemporanea, AlmadaGroup
2012Frank AuerbachQuest Gallery, Bath, SomersetGroup
2012Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic ImaginationGlenbow Museum, Calgary, ABGroup
2012Never NeverAberystwyth University, Aberystwyth,Ceredigion, WalesGroup
2012The Biennial of Painting: The Image of ManMDD - Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, DeurleGroup
2012Francis Bacon to Paula RegoAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbriaGroup
2012ThresholdsMuseum of Contemporary Art Skopje, SkopjeGroup
2012The British CutThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2012ARTE PORTUGUESA DO SeCULO XX 1960 - 2010MNAC - Museu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
201210th East Wing Biennial - Material Matters: The Power of the MediumEast Wing Biennial, LondonGroup
2012Double Take – The Art Of PrintmakingStudio 3 Gallery, Canterbury, KentGroup
2011Notes Towards a Supreme FictionCeri Hand Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
2011AccrochageMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2011Feuilles IntimesMineta Fine Art, BrusselsGroup
2011Labirintos - Roads to Whatever - Piso -1 do Edificio Central da SedeCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2011Nothing in the World But YouthTurner Contemporary, Margate, KentGroup
2011Exposicao Permanente Coleccao Manuel de BritoPalacio Anjos, AlgesGroup
2011Artist of the Day 2011Flowers Gallery, Emsworth, HampshireGroup
2011A Room of Her OwnLu Magnus , New York City, NYGroup
2011Drawing 2011 – Biennial FundraiserThe Drawing Room, LondonGroup
2011Recordacoes Da Casa Rosa - Antonio Areal, Jorge Queiroz e Paula Rego Na Coleccao Da Fundacao De SerralvesMuseu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporanea, PortoGroup
201120-21 at Ceri Hand GalleryCeri Hand Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
2011A Life in Art: Monika KinleyPlymouth Arts Centre, PlymouthGroup
201140 Anos No PortoGaleria 111 - Porto, PortoGroup
2011Drawn from LifeAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbriaGroup
2011Corner 2011Sophienholm, Kgs. LyngbyGroup
2010Retrospective exhibitionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, MexicoSolo
2010OratorioMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2010Linguagem e Experiencia, Obras da Coleccao da Caixa Geral de DepositosMuseu de Aveiro, AveiroGroup
2010Group ShowMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2010Res Publica 1910 and 2010 A Face-OffFloors 0 e 01 of the Foundation central building and gardens - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2010Seculo XXI – Anos 10Palacio Anjos, AlgesGroup
2010Heads Or TailsMary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010POVO - PeopleMuseu da Electricidade, LisbonGroup
2010The House of Fairy TalesMillennium, St. Ives, CornwallGroup
2010Sous la dictee de l’image. Um novo percurso pela Coleccao BerardoBerardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, LisbonGroup
2010Um Seculo, Dez Lapis, Cem Desenhos – Viarco ExpressPalacio de Belem - Museu da Presidencia da Republica, LisbonGroup
2010Party!The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West MidlandsGroup
2010At the FoundlingThe Foundling Museum, LondonGroup
2009Horn of PlentyViktor Wynd Fine Art, LondonGroup
2009She Is a Femme FataleBerardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, LisbonGroup
2009The Rise of Women ArtistsWalker Art Gallery, LiverpoolGroup
20091 Seculo, 10 Lapis, 100 Desenhos: Viarco ExpressPalacio de Belem - Museu da Presidencia da Republica, LisbonGroup
2009The Artist's Studio - Compton VerneyCompton Verney, WarwickshireGroup
200916 Anos de Cumplicidade na Arte 1993-2009Centro de Artes e Cultura de Ponte de Sor, Ponte de SorGroup
2009De Malangatana a Pedro Cabrita Reis, Obras da Coleccao Caixa Geral de DepositosCentro de Artes de Sines, SinesGroup
2009Acervo da galeriaGaleria Antonio Prates, LisbonGroup
2009Work on PaperWolverhampton Art Gallery, WolverhamptonGroup
2009Once Upon A Time... Artists and StorytellingCourtauld Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Surrealism and Contemporary Art: Subversive Spaces - Compton VerneyCompton Verney, WarwickshireGroup
2009Summer Exhibition 2009Royal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
2009Nine London Birds PortfolioJealous Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Subversive Spaces: Surrealism and Contemporary ArtThe Whitworth Art Gallery, ManchesterGroup
20091-150 Gravar e Multiplicar - Gravuras da coleccao do Centro de Arte Moderna da Fundacao Calouste GulbenkianCasa da Cerca - Centro de Arte Contemporanea, AlmadaGroup
2009Lucian Freud and Paula Rego: Graphische Arbeiten Beck and Eggeling International Fine Art, DusseldorfGroup
2009L a FORA - Exposicao Artistas PortuguesesMuseu da Electricidade, LisbonGroup
2009Corner 2009Sophienholm, Kgs. LyngbyGroup
2008Human CargoMarlborough Chelsea, New YorkSolo
2008Retrospective ExhibitionMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; National Museum of Women in the Arts, WashingtonSolo
2008O Vinho, a series of eight lithographsMarlborough Fine Art, London; Galeria Marlborough, MadridSolo
2008New Prints from the Royal College of Art Selected by Chris Orr RARoyal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
200810' The Chris Orr YearsRoyal College of Art Galleries, LondonGroup
2008NAO TE POSSO VER NEM PINTADOBerardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, LisbonGroup
2008Outras Ficcoes - Arte Portuguesa de 1850 ate a actualidadeMNAC - Museu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
2008Summer ExhibitionMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2008Multiple Directions - A retroscpective exhibition of the Chiado Museum’s CollectionMNAC - Museu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
2008La Fora - Exposicao de Artes PlasticasPalacio de Belem - Museu da Presidencia da Republica, LisbonGroup
2008Philadelphia Collects: Works on PaperDelaware Center for Contemporary Arts - DCCA, Wilmington, DEGroup
2008As Lathair - Off SiteIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinGroup
2008Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry DargerAmerican Folk Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2008Corner 2008Sophienholm, Kgs. LyngbyGroup
2007Once There Was, Once There Wasn't: Fairy Tales RetoldEight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2007Once There Was, Once There Wasn't: Fairy Tales RetoldTAI Modern, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2007Collecting the Past, Present and Future - Highlights of British Art From Turner to FreudAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbriaGroup
200750 Years Portuguese ArtCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
2007El Rei de la casa - La VirreinaCentre de la Imatge, BarcelonaGroup
2007Portugal Agora - a propos des lieux d'origineMUDAM - Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2007Contemporary British Women Artists, in their own wordsCamberwell College of Arts, LondonGroup
2007Ases and Trunfos > 1 Sete - acervo abertoGaleria Sete, CoimbraGroup
2007RadharcGalway Arts Centre, GalwayGroup
2007Gail Wigley Window BoxThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West MidlandsGroup
2006Paula RegoMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2006Paula Rego in FocusTate Britain, LondonSolo
2006Exposicao inaugural do Centro de ArteColeccao Manuel de Brito - Palacio Anjos, AlgesGroup
2006The BorrowingCootehill Library and Arts Centre, Cootehill, Co. CavanGroup
2006Passionate CollectorsThe New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West MidlandsGroup
2006Closed EyesBrandts Klaedefabrik, OdenseGroup
2006Drawing Inspiration - Contemporary British DrawingAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbriaGroup
2006The Modern British Artist As Printmaker 1919-2003Austin-Desmond Fine Art, LondonGroup
2006Re:CollectionRugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, WarwickshireGroup
2006Important Works on Paper, Ceramics and SculptureRex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, NSWGroup
2005Anthropography IIIFrissiras Museum, AthensGroup
2005Monumental WomenBoundary Gallery, LondonGroup
2005Freud, Auerbach, Hockney and Rego - Drawing on Copper and StoneAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbriaGroup
2005The BestiaryJill George Gallery, LondonGroup
2005Portugal novo: artistas de hoje e amanhaPinacoteca do Estado, Sao PauloGroup
2005O contrato socialMuseu Bordalo Pinheiro, LisbonGroup
2005Works on PaperMarlborough New York, New York City, NYGroup
2005Summer ExhibitionMarlborough Galerie AG, ZurichGroup
2005Summer ExhibitionMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2005the Print ShowKettle's Yard, Cambridge, CambridgeshireGroup
2005Spoilt Rotten: Young Curators 2005Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, WalesGroup
2005Um OlharCentro de Arte S. Joao da Madeira, Sao Joao da MadeiraGroup
2005Uncanny TalesGlynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, WalesGroup
2005Only Make-Believe: Ways of Playing - Compton VerneyCompton Verney, WarwickshireGroup
2005Marlborough Re-Opening ExhibitionMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2005Regresso ao AcervoGaleria Joao Esteves de Oliveira, LisbonGroup
2004Salon D’Un RefuseGaleria Joao Esteves de Oliveira, LisbonGroup
2004Cinco artistas da modernidade portuguesa (1911-1965)MAM, Sao PauloGroup
2004AccrochageGaleria Joao Esteves de Oliveira, LisbonGroup
2004ARTfutures 2004City of London School, LondonGroup
2004Recent PrintsMarlborough London, LondonGroup
2003Corner 2004Charlottenborg, CopenhagenSolo
2003Jane Eyre and Other StoriesMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
2003AcervoGaleria Joao Esteves de Oliveira, LisbonGroup
2003Ex-pressRoyal College of Art Galleries, LondonGroup
2003Banqueting Rooms: County HallThe Saatchi Gallery, London Group
2003Coleccao de arte contemporanea da Caixa Geral de DepositosMuseo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo MEIAC, BadajozGroup
2003NMCA’s CollectionMNAC - Museu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
2003the Human ZooHatton Gallery, Newcastle upon TyneGroup
2003Back to BasicsGaleria Joao Esteves de Oliveira, LisbonGroup
2003Arte dos ArtistasEdificio Sede da Caixa Geral de Depositos, LisbonGroup
2003Representing the WorldFrissiras Museum, AthensGroup
2003Desenho. 1993 - 2003Casa da Cerca - Centro de Arte Contemporanea, AlmadaGroup
2002Celestina’s House and Paula Rego – Jane EyreYale Center for British Art, New HavenSolo
2002ArtaidBloomberg Space, LondonGroup
2002The play of Difference and ConflictMNAC - Museu do Chiado, LisbonGroup
2002Arte MultiplaGaleria 111 - Lisboa, LisbonGroup
2002THE HUMAN PORTRAYEDCharles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond, VICGroup
2001Nursery Rymes e Outras GravurasParque das Nacoes, LisbonSolo
2001So desenhos Paula RegoFundacao Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, LisbonSolo
2001Modos Afirmativos e Declinacoes: Alguns Aspectos do Desenho na Decada de OitentaMuseu Municipal Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, AmaranteGroup
2001Modos Afirmativos e Declinacoes: Alguns Aspectos do Desenho na Decada de OitentaGaleria Municipal Trem, FaroGroup
2000Drawing DistinctionsTwentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolours of the British Artists - The State Hermitage Museum, St. PetersburgGroup
2000Exposition d'Inauguration - Inaugural ExhibitionMarlborough Monaco, MonacoGroup
2000Um Oceano Inteiro Para Nadar- Spanning an Entire OceanEdificio Sede da Caixa Geral de Depositos, LisbonGroup
1999The Children’s Crusade – a suite of 12 etchingsMarlborough Graphics, LondonSolo
1999Recent WorkMarlborough Galeria SA, MadridSolo
1999O Crime do Padre AmaroFundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, LisbonSolo
1999Open Secrets – Drawings and EtchingsCentre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, ParisSolo
1999Children’s CrusadeEdinburgh Printmakers WorkshopSolo
1999FigurationMUSEION - Museum fur moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , BolzanoGroup
1999FigurationenMuseum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, SalzburgGroup
1999FigurationenUrsula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-UnteröwisheimGroup
1999School of LondonKunstHaus Wien, ViennaGroup
1999Linhas de Sombra - Centro de Arte ModernaCAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
1999Portrait of a City: Seven Figurative Painters from LondonJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998The Sins of Father AmaroDulwich Picture Gallery, LondonSolo
1998Pra La et Pra CaGalerie III, LisbonSolo
1998Pendle WitchesMarlborough Galeria MadridSolo
1998L'Ecole de LondresMusee Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, ParisGroup
1997Retrospective exhibitionTate Gallery Liverpool; Fundacao das Descobertas, Centro Cultural de Belem, LisbonSolo
1996Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1995Nursery Rhymes and Peter PanAnnandale Galleries, SydneySolo
1995Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1994Dog WomenMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
1994Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1994Pintura - Group ExhibitionGaleria Quadrado Azul - Porto, PortoGroup
1994Here and Now: British Painters at the Serpentine Gallery from 1970 to the presentSerpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
1993Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1992Peter Pan and Other StoriesMarlborough Fine Art, LondonSolo
1992Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1992Julio Pomar, Paula Rego, Jose de Guimaraes - PinturaGaleria Quadrado Azul - Porto, PortoGroup
1992Portuguese Contemporary Art in the Collection of the Luso-American Development FoundationCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
1991Tales from the National GalleryTravelling Exhibition: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; Middlesborough Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley; the National Gallery, London; the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, LisbonSolo
1991Nursery RhymesSouth Bank Centre, British Council and Marlborough GraphicsSolo
1990Nursery RhymesGalerie III, LisbonSolo
1990Nous citoyens de la communaute europeenneLes Moulins Albigeois, AlbiGroup
1990Glasgow's Great British Art ExhibitionMcLellan Galleries, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
1989Nursery RhymesMarlborough Graphics Gallery, LondonSolo
1989Paula RegoGaleria III, ARCO, MadridSolo
1989Paula RegoGaleria III, LisbonSolo
1988Retrospective ExhibitionFundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, LisbonSolo
1988Paula RegoCasa de Serralves, Oporto; the Serpentine Gallery, LondonSolo
1987Selected work 1981-86Aberystwyth Arts Centre and UK tourSolo
1987Paula RegoEdward Totah Gallery, LondonSolo
198719 Bienal de Sao PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, Sao PauloGroup
1987Aktualnosci brytyjskieZacheta National Gallery of Art, WarsawGroup
1987Mai DolgokNational Gallery Prague - Veletržni Palace, PragueGroup
1987Mai DolgokMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestGroup
1987On a PlateSerpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
1987Current Affairs:British Painting and Sculpture in the 1980sModern Art Oxford, OxfordGroup
1986Human InterestCornerhouse, ManchesterGroup
1986Le XXeme au Portugal - Peinture, Sculpture, Dessin, Gravure, TapisserieCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
1986O Fantastico na Arte PortuguesaCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
1985Paula RegoThe Art Palace, New YorkSolo
1985Paula RegoEdward Totah Gallery, LondonSolo
198518 Bienal de Sao PauloBienal de Sao Paulo, Sao PauloGroup
1985XIII BIENNALE DE PARISBiennale de Paris, ParisGroup
1985The British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979-1984Southampton City Art Gallery, SouthamptonGroup
1985Exhibition - Dialogue - Exposicao - DialogoCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon Group
1985The British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979-1984Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
1984Paula RegoEdward Totah Gallery, LondonSolo
1984The British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979-1984Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, BirminghamGroup
1983Paula RegoGalerie Espace, AmsterdamSolo
1982Paula RegoGaleria III, Lisbon, Edward Total Gallery, LondonSolo
1982The Subjective Eye - New Tendencies in British FigurativeUniversity Gallery and Baring Wing - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon TyneGroup
1981Paula RegoAIR Gallery, LondonSolo
1981Contemporary Artists in CamdenCamden Arts Centre, LondonGroup
1978Paula RegoGaleria III, LisbonSolo
1978I Bienal de CerveiraBienal de Arte de Cerveira, Vila Nova de CerveiraGroup
1977Paula RegoModulo Centro Difusor da Arte, OportoSolo
1975Paula RegoModulo Centro Difusor da Arte, LisbonSolo
1974Paula RegoGaleria da Emenda, LisbonSolo
1972Paula RegoGaleria Alvarez, OportoSolo
1971Paula RegoGaleria Sao Mamede, LisbonSolo
1965Paula RegoSNBA, LisbonSolo
1965Six ArtistsInstitute of Contemporary Arts, LondonGroup