Cristea Roberts Gallery


“ I always had a press in my studio – even in Portugal in the early days – my father bought me a giant lithography press but the stones were too heavy for me to use on my own so I got myself some copper plates and used it as an etching press and in my late teens and early twenties I would wax them myself and use the acid and so on and when I’d get stuck or didn’t know what to do I’d make a print. The process, doing all the stuff, would free up my mind and let me just work without the pressure of making art. Often that’s when you do your best things. I start with a story by Hogarth or Charlotte Brontë and then my own story takes over – sometimes without me intending it to. I discover things about myself that way. What I really feel and so on.” Paula Rego 2020
  • Paula Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London between 1952–56. In 1957 she returned to live in Portugal with her husband, the painter Victor Willing, and their three children, before finally settling in London in 1963. Rego came to prominence in Britain after her first major solo exhibition at the Air Gallery, London, in 1981 and subsequently at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1988, which was followed by her becoming the first National Gallery artist in residence in 1990. A retrospective exhibition of Paula Rego’s work will take place at Tate Britain 7 July – 24 October 2021 and her first exhibition with Cristea Roberts Gallery will take place between 8 July - 11 September 2021 (closed 1 – 30 August).