'Paula Rego was a fearless artist who painted life and the world head-on. A remarkable, dazzling, and powerful force for good and for change. I am proud that the gallery has been able to celebrate and promote her work in the last years of her life. We have lost a very great artist'. – Victoria Miro
Read artnet's full article 'Friends and Colleagues Remember the Late Artist and Feminist Trailblazer Paula Rego'
Publications around the world have reported on and paid tribute to the life of Paula Rego, among them:
The New York Times
Her paintings, many of which focused on women’s experiences and perspectives, might depict fear or menace. But it was up to the viewer to fill in the blanks.
The Portuguese-British painter told stories of parental abandonment, misogyny and exile with a power that put her in a class of her own.
The Washington Post
Drawing on myths, folk tales and her own upbringing under a dictatorship in Portugal, artist Paula Rego made paintings and drawings that were mischievous, menacing and psychologically complex
In the course of a career spanning eight decades, Rego interwove myths, fairy tales, and modern tropes to create works of deep emotional resonance and frequently devastating societal commentary.
Remembering Paula Rego’s (1935–2022) Bruising Visions of Womanhood
How Paula Rego Stormed the Patriarchal Artworld
The New Statesman
At no stage in Paula Rego’s long career was there any pictorial complacency, she just kept on making art “with the hand and the gut” and dragging the dark recesses into the light.
The Guardian – Adrian Searle
Difficult psychosexual dramas they may be, they were also the work of an artist who refused to lie down. Her art stands up with the best.
The Guardian – Jonathan Jones
She is dancing among the greats: the dangerously honest, richly ambiguous Paula Rego
Also in The Guardian, Hettie Judah writes about Rego's Abortion Series
Rego’s works carry us into the heart of this unseen, unspoken terrain
‘Indefatigable, curious, 100% original’: female artists remember Paula Rego
Her art delved into the human comedy from an uncharted female point of view
Also in The Telegraph, Alastair Sooke writes,
'A sun in his belly, with a thousand rays: that’s how Pablo Picasso described the incandescent creativity of Henri Matisse. Looking at the work of the Portuguese-born British artist Paula Rego, I’ve long suspected that something similarly white-hot must have burned within her too…'
The Times – Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Her pictures are heartfelt revelations...
The Financial Times – Jackie Wullschläger
Paula Rego, who has died aged 87, was the world’s greatest woman artist of the past three decades…
The Art Newspaper
Paula Rego – known for her mythical depictions of modern femininity – has died, aged 87