Portuguese surrealist painter on trail of stolen artworks

Santiago Ribeiro lost four works valued at over €30,000 in California break-in

Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro – an artist whose works hang in dozens of countries – is on the trail of four works stolen in a raid on the California home of colleague and fellow artist Shahla Rosa.

He is hoping that by publicising the works, they will be easier to recover.

Ribeiro, originally from Coimbra, is known in his milieu as the promoter of the largest surrealist exhibition of the 21st century, International Surrealism Now.

His work has been exhibited throughout the world and is popular with collectors. Each canvas sells for thousands of dollars, hence the value given to the total loss.

As far as we know, the paintings are already with the FBI’s ‘Art Crime Team’, but so far, there is no news.

The theft took place in San Juan Capistrano earlier this month. The paintings concerned are the one in the main image, plus the following:


Anyone with any information should contact the FBI Art Crime Team (https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us) or the San Juan Capistrano Police Services, using this email: [email protected]

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