Talents of Portugal

The wide and varied talents of Portuguese people know no bounds. From sports medals in Olympic Competitions to Nobel Prizes in several areas.
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Paula Rego, is one of Portugal's most famous contemporary painters and printmakers known for her storybook imagery given a sinister and often sexual twist.

"Looking Out" - Paula Rego (Portuguese, b. pastel on paper laid down on aluminum, 1997 {standing female back with foot on chair drawing}

Manoel de Oliveira is a film director. Since the late 1980s he has been one of the most prolific working film directors and continues to make an average of one film per year past the age of 100. Among his numerous awards are two Career Golden Lions from the Venice Film Festival.

Manoel de Oliveira - Portuguese film director Nasceu/Born 12 Dezembro 1908 Faleceu/R.

Eduardo Souto de Moura is an architect. He is one of the references of the Porto School of Architecture, where he was appointed Professor. Souto de Moura was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011.

2011 Pritzker Laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura facing Unemployment?

Image 6 of 21 from gallery of Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura. Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.

Mário Laginha is a piano player and composer, and one of the most creative contemporary Portuguese jazz musicians. Mostly recognized for his recurrent collaborations with fellow Portuguese jazz singer Maria João, with whom he recorded over a dozen discs and toured Portugal and Europe several times.

Mário Laginha is a piano player and composer, and one of the most creative contemporary Portuguese jazz musicians.

Meredith Vieira is a journalist, television personality, and game show host. She is best known for her roles as the original moderator of the ABC talk program The View and co-host of the long-running NBC News morning news program, Today. She was born to first generation Portuguese-Americans.

About TODAY - Visit Today, Contact Information & Anchor Bios

We all know that sometimes TV personalities are different in real life than they appear on television, but that's not the case with TV journalist Meredith Vieira.

Joana Vasconcelos is an upcoming modern artist, the first woman and the youngest contemporary artist to exhibit in Versailles.

From 15 February Manchester Art Gallery will stage the UK’s most ambitious exhibition of works by Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos Photo: Lilicoptère 2012

Maria Joao Pires is an acclaimed pianist, won the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels. She has also regularly performed with major orchestras throughout the world, interpreting works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and many others.

Maria João Pires: Playing piano to change the world

Maria Joao Pires is an acclaimed pianist, won the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels. She has also regularly performed with major orchestras throughout the world, interpreting works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and many others.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most visible Portuguese soccer player. He has won the Golden Boot last year (that rewards the best soccer player).

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most visible Portuguese soccer player. He has won the Golden Boot last year (that rewards the best soccer player).

Mariza is a widely recognized Fado singer, she has sold over 1,000,000 records worldwide.

Fado, Mariza - Primavera plus other videos, I remember reading about fado at the public library as a kid and wanting to be an exchange student to Portugal to get to hear fado, now we have the internet.

Maria João is a jazz singer but she is best known for her vocal flexibility and improvisational skills. She has a long colaboration with Mário Laginha but also works with other artists. While normally considered a jazz artist, her music incorporates a mix of folk/ethnic music, modern jazz, avant-garde, electronica, symphonic and other genres.

Bobby McFerrin & Maria Joao When you think on your feet, with your soul.

Francis Obikwelu is a sprint athlete. He holds the record for the fastest time in the 100 m set by a European competitor with a time of 9.86 seconds. He finished second in the 100 m at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the first medal ever in athletics sprinting events for Portugal. He won 100 m and 200 m in 2006 at the European Championships in Athletics and became the first athlete to win both 100 m and 200 m in the same European Championship since 1978.

Francis Obikwelu is a sprint athlete. He holds the record for the fastest time in the 100 m set by a European competitor with a time of 9.86 seconds. He finished second in the 100 m at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the first medal ever in athletics sprinting events for Portugal. He won 100 m and 200 m in 2006 at the European Championships in Athletics and became the first athlete to win both 100 m and 200 m in the same European Championship since 1978.

Rosa Mota is a former marathon runner, one of her country's foremost athletes. She is also considered to have been one of the best marathon runners of the 20th century. Mota ran 21 marathon races between 1982 and 1992. She averaged two marathons a year for a decade and won 14 of those races.

Rosa Mota is a former marathon runner, one of her country's foremost athletes. She is also considered to have been one of the best marathon runners of the 20th century. Mota ran 21 marathon races between 1982 and 1992. She averaged two marathons a year for a decade and won 14 of those races.

António Lobo Antunes is a psychiatrist that writes. He is most famous for his books that resemble the style of Faulkner because they are very dense.

António Lobo Antunes is a psychiatrist that writes. He is most famous for his books that resemble the style of Faulkner because they are very dense.

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