Dame Paula Figueiroa Rego is a Portuguese painter, illustrator and printmaker, who has lived in Britain since 1951. Born on January 26. 1935, she is well known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Rego’s style has evolved from abstract towards representational, and she has favored pastels over oils for much of her career. Her work often reflects feminism, inspired by folk-themes from her native Portugal. Her grandmother was to become a significant figure in Rego's life as she learnt many of the traditional folktales that would one day make their way into her art work from her grandmother and the family maid. Rego studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and was an exhibiting member of the London Group with David Hockney and Frank Auerbach. She was the first artist-in-residence at the National Gallery in London.