Mapping the islands – Artists

MARK MANGION, born in Malta in 1976, lives & works in New York City & Valletta. He studied Painting (Parsons School of Design ‘01) and Sculpture (Royal College of Art ’05). His work merges visual research and production with curated projects repositioning itself as site-specific ventures with a central focus on public systems and cross-field collaboration. In 2008 he founded Malta Contemporary Art, an ongoing project, which has to date involved over 100 different collaborators. In 2012, he launched Parallel Borders, a long-term project established as an extensive cross-field collaborative platform reflecting upon geopolitical and spatial narratives and physical borders through cyber-accessibility. 

Raphael Vellais an artist, educator and curator based in Malta. He has exhibited his works in international exhibitions and venues and has curated many group and solo exhibitions in Malta and internationally. He was art critic for the Malta Independent between 1992 and 2000 and won the Commonwealth Art and Craft award (London) in 1998. In 2012-13 he was Artistic Programme Director for Valletta 2018 Foundation, the entity responsible for the European Capital of Culture in 2018. He has published numerous articles and catalogue essays about contemporary art, culture and education and initiated many artistic projects, educational ventures and international exchanges that have helped to transform the cultural scene in Malta, the Valletta International Visual Arts festival (VIVA) and many projects involving undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Malta.

Fabio Borg is a Graphic Designer by profession and works with a leading advertising agency in Malta. Fabio’s work is an expression of his inner being. Each and every painting is the artist’s unconscious depiction of a given issue, concept or state of mind. Fabio says that his work is a mirror of his personality. Improvisation and spontaneity play an important role in his art enhancing the absolute harmony between the artist and his work that Fabio seeks to pursue. (

Gabriel Caruana is a pioneer in modern art among Maltese artists and is the founder of the Mill, an artistic centre in Birkirkara. (

Anna Grima was born in 1958, studied fine art at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia when in her 20s, and then spent four years sailing in the Indian and Pacific oceans, during which period she learned the ancient Japanese art form of Gyotaku.

Samuel Sultana was born in Malta on in 1990. He is a Franco-Maltese creative, currently based in Malta. After obtaining his Degree and Masters across a number of international institutions, he embarked on a shift from stability and familiarity by moving to Bristol and founding his first collective in late 2012.  Upon returning to Malta, he formed a new collaborative context that allowed him to create a more structured and entrepreneurial approach in order to retain his ethos. Since then, Samuel has been working with a variety of talented individuals hailing from different national, academic and professional backgrounds. All of these choices and experiences led Samuel to cultivate a potent vision across different media, along with the ability to rally and invigorate team members. (


Ruth Bianco creates work and projects in contemporary fine art contexts; shows her work internationally, operating between studios in Malta and England; received postgraduate and doctoral fine art education at the university for the creative arts, Kent, uk; has taught and supervised postgraduate fine art at the university for the creative arts uk and at transart institute (Europe/Usa); lectures in fine art within the departments of visual arts, architecture and urban design, and digital arts at the university of Malta, and supervises postgraduate fine art and architectural thesis and exhibition projects; is currently advisor for contemporary art and culture on Malta government ministerial boards for the Coordination of Capital Cultural Projects, and on the national commission for Unesco. (


Noel Attard Born in 1966, Noel Attard (aka nattardo), inspired from his father who at that time practiced art, was brought up in an artistic ambience he yearned to live up to. After attending various art schools and studied under the supervision of diverse renowned Maltese artists, Noel later sought to compliment his practical side with theoretical academic studies at the University of Malta where he graduated in History of Art in 2006 Noel Attard does not abide to one particular style or technique, evident is his past exhibitions. However, he has progressed from his monochrome to his vortex style and now it is evident that he is in search of a new experimental phase. Texture and colour are his focal points irrelevant if he is painting a landscape, nude or seascapes.(FB Arti Nattardo)
ANTOINE FARRUGIA Born in 1969, Antoine Farrugia works predominantly with three dimensional forms. The artist’s primary driving force lies within the limestone medium; its various geological characteristics and pliability providing the momentum to give life to organic, undulating forms. An energy which transcends the material itself, resulting in a personal endavour to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Such strength reverberates in other materials, whether marble or steel, its power resulting in dynamic and monumental sculptures. (FB Antoine Farrugia sculptures)


Paul Scerri is an artist of a few words. He excels in creating intrigue, and in depicting stereotypical characters, whilst delicately adding notions of injustice and narcissism. His sculptures are free to individual interpretations. Paul also works for one of the leading company that relates with marble and stone. Moreover, he is also a part-time lecturer in ceramics at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Education. (


Mario Sammut, was born in Malta in 1955 His ceramics are hand-built, using slabs to create sculptural forms which depict a particular style of the human figure emphasising a balance of texture, shape and line. His ceramic sculptures range from single figures to multiple figures interacting with each other, emphasising on social interaction and relationships, exploring the human figure through such emotions and situations. The minimalist approach and lack of details convey a sense of anonymity where the viewers are left to adapt the representation to their imagination.


Robert Zahra His personal artistic projects ensured his involvement in subjects such as the urban environment and the human body. He works mainly within the realms of painting and drawing, and the connection between the two. Throughout his creative career, Zahra also presented projects in other media including sculpture, environmental interventions and photography. (


Victor Agius His practice consists of performance, installation, sculpture and painting. At its core, it concerns his work with formless matter. Agius examines the formless matter proper to his own experience of the environment –either randomly or carefully selected sites with their distinctive ecological and archeological features– which all finds its roots in the earth or soil-derived organic materials (raw clay, for instance, beside natural pigments, oils and acrylics). This has allowed him to produce a body of work through which to reflect upon the subject of human existence in general and the limits of his own existence in particular. (


Andrew Diacono was born in 1958 and cites his father Victor, a well-respected sculptor in his own right, as his earliest influence. His other great influence is the French satirist Honoré Daumier. Very much like Daumier, Andrew is a master at distorting his figures but the similitude with the French master seems to stop there.

Andrew’s line up of bits and pieces of humanity is a markedly more tragic one reflecting man’s estranged, alienated, and often absurd existence; a panoply of mostly lone figures going about their business in an automated, dispassionate and disenchanted way. (FB Andrew Diacono)


DON HEYWOOD His most significant achievement in portrait painting was a commission to paint a life size portrait of the H M Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace. Don Heywood’s superb imagery and his love for the natural world shines through all of his work. “Professionally and spiritually, the people and animals of the world’s wilderness have made a profound impact on my life. Now they need our help and I am truly fortunate to be able to use my talents to do that in some small measure.” He is a man who is truly committed to the conservation of the world’s wildlife and indigenous cultures.. Don Heywood has been a resident of Malta for the last ten years


George Muscat Born in Qormi in 1962, he received his education at the Salvatore Dimech School for Craftsmen under the tutorship of Gabriel Caruana between 1975 and 1978 and has also attended various courses by Maltese and foreign artists which together with experimentation on his part contributed in making him become an excellent thrower and in acquiring a number of hand building and glazing techniques. George creates a world that recalls the mysteries of the environment around us. In this sense he opens a window onto a world which the viewers are wanted to see while shades of his character and soul are kept shielded in each ceramic piece.


Mark Mallia (FB Mark Mallia art)


Gabriel Caruana is a Maltese born ceramist and sculptorwho has exhibited his work in various countries including Great Britain, USA, Germany, Holland and Italy. Gabriel Caruana studied in Malta, Italy and the USA, and also under the well known British artist Victor Pasmore.His works are represented in various collections and Museums both in Malta and in other countries. In 1999 the Maltese Government honored him with the presentation of a Medal for Artistic Achievement.



Zepp Cassar is an internationally acclaimed abstract figurative and landscape painter who spends most of his time working between Sydney, France, China, and Malta. As an auto didactic artist, Zepp strives to explore and experiment with various mediums and beats his own drum with works that show us the many different techniques which other outsider artists have in common such as the refusal of references, methods and lessons. The universe which we all secretly hold, cross, and intersect with the edges of fantasy. (


Alfred Chircop His work has developed remarkably throughout the years, whether figurative, or abstract, and he has equally proved his mastery in the variety of techniques and media employed in his drawings, paintings, watercolours, etchings and aquatints, linocuts, pen and wash and monoprints. Since 1960 he has put up a substantial number of  one-man exhibitions in Malta and abroad. He has equally participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Malta and abroad where his work was highly acclaimed by local and foreign critics. (


John Martin Borg is mostly renowned for his maritime pictures and atmospheric landscapes. Working mostly on location his watercolours gradually developed into studies of moods and poetic expressions. Since the year 2000 he broke new grounds with his abstract and religious works intertwining the two styles seamlessly together to produce his individual distinctive works (


Marc England is the recipient of various prizes in art competitions and has also held the post of lecturer at the University of Malta. His watercolours are featured in Nicholas de Piro’s ‘The International Directory of Artists who painted Malta’. He is the author of a book of Cartoons entitled ‘Camelogue’ and his work has been published in various international books and journals including ‘Space on Earth’ by Charles Knevitt (ex-RIBA Trust Director). (

Justin Falzon(born 1982) is an artist based in Malta, who studied Fine Arts at the Lorenzo De Medici Art Institute in Florence (


Austin Camilleri is an artist working in installation, painting, drawing, video and sculpture. He studied at the University of Malta and at the Accademia Pietro Vannucci in Perugia. He has curated exhibitions and created interdisciplinary events often working with authors, composers, actors, architects and choreographers, together or separately. He established 356,  is founding member of StArt, Fundazzjoni Klula and ISTRA Foundation and a visiting lecturer at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta. (


Pawl Carbonaro belongs to that post-war generation of artists who started their activities in the sixties. As a result, he has, to date, more than forty years of productions behind him.


Richard England (born 3 October 1937 in Malta) is an architect, writer, artist and academic and also a sculptor, photographer, poet, artist and author of a number of books. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta, having acted as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture between 1987 and 1989. He is also an Hon. Fellow at the University of Bathin the UK, and an Academician and Vice-President of the International Academy of Architecture. (


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Michael Wright is an Australian painter who has been painting in Malta full-time for the last 10 years. (