Nasceu em Lisboa em 1942 e morreu em 2018 Lisboa. É formada em Pintura pela Escola de Artes Decorativas António Arroio e pela Escola de Belas Artes de Lisboa. Frequentou também o Curso Estudo da Cor, organizado pelo I.N.I., e foi professora de desenho na Escola Francisco Arruda e de Tapeçaria na Escola de Artes Decorativas António Arroio. Entre 1974 e 1977 pertenceu à Comissão Etária dos Espetáculos. No âmbito da investigação em tapeçaria moderna, à qual se dedica desde 1970, foi bolseira da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian nos anos de 1976, 1977, 1982 e 1991. Ao longo do seu percurso artístico, recebeu vários prémios e realizou várias exposições em Portugal e no estrangeiro. Ilustrou vários livros infantis, de poesia e contos e desenhou figurinos para teatro. As suas obras evoluiram de um pendor neofigurativo para o abstraccionismo geométrico.
Isabel Laginhas (1942 - 2018) was a Portuguese geometric-abstractionist artist and art teacher. Isabel Laginhas was born in Lisbon, capital of Portugal in 1942. She graduated in Painting from the Escola Secundária Artística António Arroio (António Arroio School of Decorative Arts) and from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts, now the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. She also took a course to study colour.
Laginhas taught drawing at Lisbon's Francisco Arruda School and tapestry at the António Arroio School from 1971 but, following the Carnation Revolution in 1974 which overthrew the right-wing Estado Novo government, the school was closed down. Among her early students at the Francisco Arruda school, in 1971-72, was the Portuguese prime minister António Costa. In an obituary he wrote that none of his teachers had been so important in his life and education and that he particularly remembered her energy and smile.
From 1970 she dedicated herself to research into modern tapestry, and she was a recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the years of 1976, 1977, 1982 and 1991. She held several exhibitions in Portugal and in other countries. She illustrated several children's books, poetry and short stories and designed costumes for the theatre. Over her career her work evolved from neo-figurative art to geometric abstractionism.
Laginhas was one of the founders in 1970 of the artists' studios at Coruchéus in the Alvalade neighbourhood of Lisbon. This was the first such atelier to be created in Lisbon and is known as the Coruchéus Plastic Arts Centre. Between 1974 and 1977 she belonged to the Portuguese Commission that decided on the appropriate age for children to watch films and shows.
Isabel Laginhas died on 18 August 2018 in Lisbon.