Ana Palma and Cliff Andrade included in Paula Rego show in London

16 May · 09h00

Paula Rego © Nick Willing, 2019


The Portuguese artists Ana Palma and Cliff Andrade have won the competition to have their work included in "Paula Rego and Her Contemporaries", an exhibition due to run from 1 June to 16 July at London's 12 Star Gallery.

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Demeter, 2021 | Graphite and watercolour on paper, Size: 29.7 x 42 x 0.02 cm, Ana Palma


This show has been organised by the Portuguese Embassy in London, with support from Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, as part of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and sets out to celebrate creative processes that respond to the challenges facing Europe in the 21st century: digital transition and its impact on the visual arts and the world, and the development of Europe as a social force, with a special focus on the EU’s present and future role in the world.

Cliff Andrade Instalação

a tale of two Madeira cakes, 2020 | Size: variable, Cliff Andrade

Curated by Mara Alves, the exhibition will present work by the winning artists, inviting the visitor to look at the past from a perspective of constructive evolution, alongside eleven etchings by Paula Rego, including "La Mano Muerta", here on public show for the first time. Drawn in 1962/1964, this work is a critique of censorship, which explains why the artist kept it concealed during the dictatorship; it then lay forgotten until its discovery by Paula Rego's son, announced in 2020.

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La Mano Muerta, 1962/1964 | Etching, Image: 19.5 x 29.5 cm, Paper: 38 x 47 cm, Published by the artist in 2020 from a plate from 1962/1964, Paula Rego, Courtesy of Paula Rego and Cristea Roberts Gallery, London ©️ Paula Rego


“The aim of this show is to present Portuguese artists whose work responds to the challenges facing Europe in the 21st century. Alive to changing social and artistic phenomena, Portugal today stands out as an example of cultural renewal: up to date, thriving and irreversibly globalised, whilst still preserving its creative roots, distinctively visible in the work of all the artists on show in this exhibition. Inspired by a kaleidoscope of themes, the artists are relentless in the pursuit of their language, ready to explain their imaginary worlds and mindful of the expressive dimension of contemporary reality", said the curator, Mara Alves.


The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a harp recital by Frederica Vieira Campos, a Portuguese student at the Royal College of Music.

Paula Rego and Her Contemporaries

1 June – 16 July 2021, Monday to Friday 10h00 – 18h00

12 Star Gallery, The European Parliament Liaison Office, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, UK

Learn more here.

About Ana Palma

Born in Viana do Castelo, in 1986. Raised in the countryside, surrounded by nature, she was a determined child who felt a keen urge to learn, explore and create. In 2004, she decided to learn more about painting and the creative process. She took a degree in Fine Art at the University of Porto and an M.A. in Education in the Visual Arts at the same institution.

Profile Picture Ana Palma

Her thirst for culture and the arts, as well as a fascination with travel and discovery led her to move to London in 2015, where she works as an artist and art teacher. Her artwork explores the relationship between women and nature. The human figure, the feminine and the natural world are recurrent themes through which memories, emotions and symbolisms emerge.

About Cliff Andrade

In his diverse and dynamic output, that combines traditional etching, photography and audiovisual media, his work contains great imaginative and emotional power within a highly rational and analytical approach. Although his works are rooted in personal experiences, his practice reaches out to universal concerns, such as the desire for belonging and a connection with place.

Profile Picture Cliff Andrade

He regards himself as a painter of modern lives, presenting the working class and the subjectivity of migrants, in order to challenge a supposedly objective and historically dominant narrative. His audio essay “Bristoler Chronik”, developed with Bricks Bristol, explores this approach and is available on Apple Podcasts.