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Famous Artists from Portugal

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List of the most popular artists from Portugal, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Portuguese artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Portuguese artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples of artists on this list: Vieira Portuense, João Hogan and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Portugal?" and "Who are the most well-known Portuguese artists?"

For further information on these historic Portuguese artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Portuguese artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

    Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
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    Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was a Portuguese-French abstractionist painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: France, Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Maria Inês Ribeiro da Fonseca

    Menez or Maria Inês Ribeiro da Fonseca, GOSE was a Portuguese painter. Her major body of work consists of paintings and drawings but she also produced ceramics, engravings, silk-screen prints and tapestries.more

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    • Birthplace: Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Nadir Afonso, GOSE was a geometric abstractionist painter. Formally trained in architecture, which he practiced early in his career with Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, Nadir Afonso later studied painting in Paris and became one of the pioneers of Kinetic art, working alongside Victor Vasarely, Fernand ...more

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    • Birthplace: Chaves Municipality, Portugal, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Prolific architect (and landscape architect) whose many works are usually purist modernist designs. He was one of the most influential architects of his generation. Many of his buildings still exist as designed, but his fine Lisbon Airport at Portela is totally lost amongst other buildings with an ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Paula Rego
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    Dame Paula Rego is the mother of Victoria Willing.more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe, + more
    • Nationality: Portugal, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Josefa de Óbidos
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    Josefa de Óbidos was a Spanish-born, Portuguese painter. Her birth name was Josefa de Ayala Figueira, but she signed her work as, "Josefa em Óbidos" or, "Josefa de Ayalla". She is one of the relatively few female European painters known to have been active in the Baroque era. All of her work was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Seville, Spain
    • Nationality: Portugal, Spain
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Cristóvão Lopes

    Cristóvão Lopes
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    Cristóvão Lopes was a Portuguese painter. Cristóvão Lopes was the son and disciple of royal painter Gregório Lopes, who died in 1550. Cristóvão succeeded his father as the royal painter of King John III in 1551. Since no works are known by him before the death of his father, it is assumed that up to ...more

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    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, GOSE, GCIH, is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza.more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Portugal, Southern Europe, Matosinhos, Iberian Peninsula, + more
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso was a Portuguese painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Amarante Municipality, Portugal, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Henrique Pousão

    Henrique Pousão
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    Henrique César de Araújo Pousão was a Portuguese painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Vila Viçosa, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    José de Almada Negreiros
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    José Sobral de Almada Negreiros was a Portuguese artist. He was born in the colony of Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, the son of a Portuguese father, António Lobo de Almada Negreiros, and a Santomean mother, Elvira Freire Sobral. Besides literature and painting, Almada developed ballet choreographies, ...more

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    • Birthplace: São Tomé Island, Água Grande District, São Tomé, Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alfredo Keil
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    Alfredo Cristiano Keil was a Portuguese romantic composer and painter. Keil was born in Lisbon, the son of Johann Christian Keil and wife Maria Josefina Stellflug. He was of German origin, and was the great Portuguese romantic composer. He was also considered the last important Portuguese painter in the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Augusto Cabrita was a Portuguese film director and photographer.more

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    • Birthplace: Portugal, Estremadura, Barreiro Municipality, Setúbal District
    • Nationality: Portugal
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    Francisco de Holanda
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    Francisco de Holanda was a Portuguese humanist and painter. Considered to be one of the most important figures of the Portuguese Renaissance, he was also an essayist, architect, and historian. Francisco de Holanda was born in Lisbon, and began his career as an illuminator, following in the footsteps of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Lisbon District, Grande Lisboa, Portugal, Southern Europe, + more
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Abel de Lima Salazar, was a Portuguese physician, lecturer, researcher, writer and painter who worked and lived in Porto. He was the son of Adolfo Barroso Pereira Salazar and wife Adelaide da Luz da Silva e Lima. Founded in 1975, the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, a research center and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guimarães, Portugal, Iberian Peninsula, Europe
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Juno Doran

    Juno Doran is an artist and filmmaker based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.more

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    • Nationality: Portugal, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    José Rodrigues

    José Rodrigues
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    José Rodrigues de Carvalho was a Portuguese painter. Considered his most famous work, O Pobre Rabequista, painted in 1855, was first shown in Paris at the Universal Exhibition in 1855 and at the International Exposition of Porto in 1865, where he won the second award.more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rigo 23

    Rigo 23 is a Portuguese muralist, painter, and political artist residing in San Francisco, California. Although he is known particularly in the San Francisco community for having painted a number of large scale Pop Art inspired "one way" sign murals, such as the "One Tree" mural on the U.S. Route 101 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro

    Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro
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    Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, who is usually referred to as Columbano, was a Portuguese Realist painter. Usually considered the greatest Portuguese painter of the 19th century, he has been compared to the likes of Wilhelm Leibl and Thomas Eakins.more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro

    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro
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    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was a Portuguese artist known for his illustration, caricatures, sculpture and ceramics designs, and is considered the first Portuguese comics creator.more

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    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Art Forms: Ceramic art, Drawing
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