Art for the shift – The Artists


Pawl Carbonaro

Pawl Carbonaro is a renowned Maltese artist whose career has been marked by numerous achievements throughout the years, including a scholarship at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Florence, and exhibitions at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Galleria Fenici, the Biennale Internacional de Ibiza, Spain, the Third Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea Botticelli, Florence, and the Centro di Cultura Mediterranea, Palermo, among others. Recent collaborations include local artists Austin Camilleri and Vince Briffa, and Carbonaro has exhibited his abstract work in Dar Brussels and in a collective and a personal exhibition respectively, titled Carart, in Lausanne Switzerland.

Anna Grima

Although considered a figurative artist, Anna Grima’s recent works include abstract paintings which depict spontaneous, simplified rhythmic shapes and saturated hues and colours. Other interdisciplinary art practices include illustration, creative writing and digital design. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and hang in many private and public spaces including at the Summa Artis Permanent Collection in the Berlaymont Building, Brussels. Some of her illustrations have been published by Unicef, Holo Books -The Women’s History Press, Oxford, Sophia Centre Master Monographs, Groningen University, the University of Malta, Maltapost, and Cadogan.

Isabel Warrington

Isabel Warrington is well-known for her caricatures which she paints in her studio and at events. Landscapes and cityscapes are what she enjoys doing when she paints for her own pleasure. Isabel is also an established actor with a diverse repertoire in comedy, musical theatre and drama. Theatre has been a strong influence in her life and her art and in recent years, she has applied her creative talents to costume design, mainly for the stage. Isabel attended the School of Art in the late 1980s, where she was tutored by Harry Alden. Six years later, she furthered her training in art and design in Scotland where she studied art for a year.

Caterine Cavallo

Catherine Cavallo graduated from The City & Guilds London Art School with honours. She was awarded a fellowship by UNESCO to attend a course in textile conservation at Hampton Court Palace, London. In 1994, she held a solo exhibition in Via Banchi di Sopra in Siena, before moving back to Malta in 1995.

Luciano Micallef

Luciano Micallef studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. In 1990 he was offered an artist in residence programme at the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts in the USA. Soon after, he won the International Visitors Programme, visiting various important art institutions throughout the country. Luciano has exhibited in museums and private galleries in Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia. In 1996, Gallery 5, his own private gallery was inaugurated. The University of Malta published a book about his works in 1993. He launched another book entitled ‘Abstracts’ in 2006.

Madeleine Gera

Madeleine Gera is a figurative painter with a focus of interest in portraits. In 1990, she was awarded a long term scholarship to study art in Florence and returned to the city in 2002 till 2010, developing her skills as a portrait painter. For Madeleine, painting is about recording and depicting her subject in specific light conditions and interpreting the subtle inflections and changes that occur when painting from life. Madeleine has participated in collective exhibitions in various European cities and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Malta. In 2016, Madeleine participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale with Architecture Project’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Roberta Zammit Cutajar

Roberta Zammit Cutajar started painting in watercolours and eventually moved on to oils which are now her preferred medium. Her art could be described as bold and impressionistic. She loves colours, especially the intensity of blue and green hues and she gets her inspiration from her dog walks in the Maltese countryside and by the sea. In 2018 Roberta took part in an exhibition called ‘New Faces’ at Gallery G and held her first solo exhibition at The Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, Valletta called ‘Through my Eye’. In December 2019 she held an exhibition at Mediterranean Ceramics in Ta’ Qali called ‘Colours of the Med’, held in aid of charity.

James Vella Clark

James Vella Clark is one of Malta’s main expressionist interpreters of the Maltese urban and rural landscape. Since his first exhibition in 2001, his works have been gradually gaining a more abstract dimension. These eventually became part of a natural process that led to his current abstract work. Today, the artist’s main idiom is abstraction which lends mostly to the abstract expressionist movement of the fifties and sixties. If we could speak of a movement or school of expressionism in Malta, James Vella Clark would definitely belong to it. Besides a number of solo exhibitions in Malta, James Vella Clark has held personal exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New York. Over the years he was also invited to participate in collective exhibitions in Barcelona, Florence, Brussels, Duisburg, Vienna, and London.

Richard Saliba

Richard Saliba is best known for his signature way of interpreting the Maltese landscape. Since 1975, he has exhibited in numerous personal and collective exhibitions. His work may be found in the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, the Cathedral Museum, Mdina, and in many other public and private collections. For a decade from 1980, he dedicated his efforts to the production of abstract art, both through his painting and also by means of etching techniques. In recent years, without abandoning his interest in landscape painting, he has also sought to re-invent himself with a renewed interest in drawing and painting of the human figure and particularly of portrait painting.

Michelle Gialanze

Michelle Gianlanze, known as Mixa, seeks to understand what surrounds us. The process she has developed to paint involves personal writing, followed by research, experimentation and finally painting these thoughts. This is all conveyed through the use of brush strokes and colour. In 2019, she held a solo exhibition titled ‘Hidden in Malta’ and another titled ‘Momentum’, at Bow Arts Royal Albert Wharf, London. One of her paintings was selected to be included in a music video for the singer Tom Rosenthal. Mixa’s work can be seen in private and public collections in Malta, the UK, Germany, Italy, France and the United States. She is a member of the RSA in London as well as the Royal Society of Artists Malta.

Anna Galea

Anna Galea’s art is inspired by nature and she is best known for her exceptionally large and vibrant still-life paintings and abstractions. She delights in zooming in to produce dramatic, intense and sometimes abstracted interpretations of normal mundane subjects – which we all tend to take for granted. She has exhibited her art extensively across Europe, in the UAE, Mauritius and Australia, as well as in Washington and New York, and her watercolour work has been highly acknowledged in the United States as well as in Europe and the UAE. Her work can be found in numerous private and public art collections. She was entrusted with conducting Master watercolour demonstrations at Conventions of the International Watercolour Society in Fabriano Italy, and in Dubai. Anna Galea’s paintings have featured in books of the acclaimed International Artist publishers of USA, on calendars, book covers and other publications.

Marisa Attard

Marisa Attard is an artist and illustrator who studied art under Esprit Barthet, Harry Alden and Anton Calleja. She has illustrated numerous books and has been awarded the Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb for Best Illustrator of Children’s books, twice. Marisa is a keen observer of people and her range of subjects can be both serious and dark, or humorous, quirky and endearing. Through her art, she expresses her views on how she sees people, society and politics – the good, the bad and the ugly. Her social commentary can be subtle or hidden but often it is sharp and bold. She discovered the freedom of combining her illustrative style of pen, ink and watercolour to works in acrylic and collage which show her preference for bright colours applied in layers with added collage and found objects to help create texture and depth.

Luke Azzopardi

Luke Azzopardi is a couturier and multidisciplinary artist from Victoria, Gozo. After studying at Central Saint Martins (UAL) and the University of Malta (UM), Azzopardi launched his eponymous brand. The Luke Azzopardi studio focuses on the idea of timeless elegance stemming from Azzopardi’s academic background in costume history. The creative director was awarded the prestigious ‘Premio Cultura e Moda 2016’ by L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the ‘Fashion Designer of the Year 2018’ award by LovinMalta, and has most recently been shortlisted for a number of Premju ghall-Arti by Arts Council Malta. The nature of Azzopardi’s work looks to fashion as an art object. Wearable products are presented as results of investigations into art history, and studio events are designed as immersive cultural experiences. The multi-mediatic methodology of the studio has led to the creation of contemporary statements beyond the consumable, commercial tendencies of the fashion world, towards the layered, complex potentialities of the art object. In 2022, Azzopardi published his first costume history book Għonnella: Deconstructing the Garment.

Ray Piscopo

Ray Piscopo is an engineer by profession. Throughout his career, Ray has worked with various media starting with oils, frescos and tempera then moving on to watercolour, acrylics and oils. In 2008, Ray won the 2nd prize in the 3’Premio Piero Della Francesca in Arezzo, Italy. Ray served as a member of the Healing Arts Committee which was entrusted with the embellishment of public spaces within Mater Dei Hospital. He has attended master classes in Salzburg, Austria with Hubert Scheibl and at the SommerAkademieVenedig, Italy, with the renowned Senegalese artist Amadou Sow. Ray is the Curator in Residence for The Phoenicia Hotel.

Joseph Farrugia

Joseph Farrugia has pursued an active career as an economist, specialising in the field of industrial relations and social dialogue. He is a visual artist and has organised numerous personal exhibitions over a span of more than 30 years in venues such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, St. James Cavalier, and at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. He has taught art at post-secondary level and lectures in Visual Literacy for Marketers at the University of Malta.

Bob Cardona

Bob Cardona works predominantly with acrylics and his work explores landscapes, portraits, abstracts and still life. Following a long career in the United Kingdom, where he ran his own design agency for some 36 years, Bob returned to Gozo in 2016 and focused more on his art. Since then he has exhibited his work numerous times, including at the Citadel in 2018.

Darrin Zammit Lupi

Darrin Zammit Lupi is an award-winning Maltese photojournalist whose main works focuses on migration in the Central Mediterranean. He has been a Reuters contract photographer since 1997. Through much of that time, he was also a staff photographer with Times of Malta. His work for Reuters and other international clients has been published in newspapers, magazines, books, TV and online worldwide. He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts, London, U.K.

In late 2014, he published his book ‘Isle Landers’, covering a decade’s work on irregular immigration and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. The work from that collection has been exhibited or screened in several venues in France, U.S.A., Japan, Malta, Luxembourg, Australia, Belgium and Portugal.

He was awarded the Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award in 2021 for his photo story on his late daughter’s battle against cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural edition of the Malta National Photography Awards in 2022.

Victor Manduca

Victor Manduca’s art is primarily figurative and generally colourful with the occasional abstract, swiftly changing mediums, shapes and sizes.  His exhibitions are testimony to his array of art. Over the years, he has exhibited artworks made from clay, watercolours, pen and inks and oil works. His latest venture is painting artworks on plates. Victor has held numerous solo exhibitions around Malta; at Karmenu Mangion Gallery, St James Cavalier, Cavalieri Art Hotel and, last year, at Casino Notabile.

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