Visual Artist 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Portugal
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva


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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from 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, ...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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Portugal
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Dame Paula Rego is the mother of Victoria Willing. ...more

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Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal, United Kingdom

Art Forms: Painting

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Josefa de Óbidos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Portugal
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Portugal
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Cristóvão Lopes


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, Spain

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Álvaro Siza Vieira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from 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: Matosinhos, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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