I was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1943. My father was a political refugee who had escaped Nazi Germany for Egypt . In Egypt he met and married my Italian mother and we lived there until 1949 before moving to postwar London where I went to both school and art college.
On finishing art school, I was offered a year-long residency in Italy funded by the British Council and Italian Government. I continued to paint, teach and work in Rome for almost three years. Back then, I was very interested in semi-figurative painting and my work was influenced by artists like Francis Bacon.
On returning to London, I took a studio and met my husband, a Portuguese political refugee. After the revolution in 1974, we decided to go back to Portugal in 1980. We lived in Lisbon where I participated in many exhibitions and solo shows with my large abstract landscape paintings.
In 2000 I stopped painting because I was more interested in reaching a wider audience to call attention to the social and political issues of our time, issues which are important to me. This is why I have chosen to use in the main, everyday, cheap and accessible, plastic objects to create my collages and sculptures, responding in my own way, to the injustices which affect us all.
About six years ago my husband passed away, I decided to move back to London to be near my children where I continue to work on social and political issues through my art.
- Fine Arts at Hornsey
- Fine Arts at Gloucestershire College of Art
- One-year scholarship in Rome by British Council and Italian Government
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1992 - Erosions, at Sala do Veado in the National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon, Portugal
1993 - Homenagem a Friedrich, Galeria Monumental, Lisbon, Portugal
1994 - Still Painting, Museu e Jardim Botanico Lisbon, Portugal
1995 - 101 Quadros de Pequeno Formato, Museu e Jardim Botanico Lisbon, Portugal
1996 - Return to Turner, The Economist, London
1997 - Earth, Deutsche Bank, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 - Painting, Sociedade Parlamentar, Bonn, Germany
2002 - Gardens Part I -Botanical Gardens and Galeria Monumental, Lisbon, Portugal
2004 - Garden Part II - Galeria Monumental, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 - Jardins de Bagdad, Artistes Unidos, Teatro Taborda, Lisbon, Portugal
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 - Welcome to Me, Bite Online exhibition