University of Malta, 2004, First Class B.Conservation Honours
“My paintings are my quest towards what I am. They are the result of my conservation studies in ancient techniques and methodologies, and my gained insight into modern materials, their properties and their workability. I experience my paintings through the freedom that my materials offer, through tone, texture and rhythm as one may experience music. In my workshop, I tend to lose myself to the frantic application of my paints to my canvas, and as my painting comes to life, it feels like utter perfection. The result is instinctively authentic, and it speaks to my soul and to anyone who can experience my work."
Born 1965 Siggiewi, Malta
1980 - Commenced studies in Painting and Sculpture at the School of Art, Valletta, Malta
1984 - Married Ray Grima. One daughter, Rachel, born 1986. One son, Daniel, born 1990. My painting at this time was strongly influenced by Malta’s extensive Baroque Heritage. In the main, I concentrated upon Baroque reproductions and portraiture in oils on canvas
2003 - Graduated with First Class Honors in Conservation of Fine Arts from the University of Malta. My Degree included extensive studies in ancient manufacturing techniques and material sciences.
Awarded Best Dissertation for Bachelor in Conservation (Honors) by the University of Malta.
Co-Founded ReCoop Cooperative Ltd, a conservation company. As Founder-Director and Conservator, I supervised conservation projects and was responsible for scientific tailoring of conservation treatments for major works including all projects at the prestigious St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. I was an active participant in the professional conservation scene through continued research, the presentation of projects with public and private lectures, and continuous interaction with the media.
2004 - Participating Delegate at the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Congress (IIC) entitled ‘Modern Art, New Museum’, in Bilbao, Spain. My introduction to the Guggenheim Museum spurred a spontaneous reaction towards Art in a modern context and the need for creation.
2010 - My ever-increasing knowledge of modern materials; their properties and workability, together with an extensive knowledge of ancient techniques, inspired in me the urge to create. CONSERVATOR by day and ARTIST by night, my scientific background in Chemistry was of the highest value. Alone at night, I would experiment with metal pigments and lacquers, making full use of pigment properties for opacity and transparency in artistic creations.
2012 - Resigned my directorship of ReCoop to remain as a consultant whilst concentrating on my career as an artist.
Currently I live and work in both Brussels, Belgium and Siggiewi, Malta.
My interests are extensive in socio-political and artistic arenas. My writings have been published by IIC and by Fondazzjoni Partimonju Malti in ‘The Treasures of Malta’, and I currently contribute to the Arts and Culture sector at www.eve.com.mt
October 2012 – ‘The Awakening,’ The Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta
July 2012 – ‘Arts in the Park,’ Gnien il-Madonna tal-Angli, Naxxar, Malta
December 2012 – MFCC, Ta’ Qali, Malta
December 2012 – Hal Xluq Chapel, Siggiewi, Malta
November 2012 – Naxxar Council, Naxxar, Malta
June 2012 – ‘The Arts Show,’ Siggiewi Local Council, Siggiewi, Malta
December 2011 – Hal Xluq Chapel, Siggiewi, Malta
November 2011 – Mellieha Arts Festival, Mellieha, Malta
Press and Events
T.V. interview for ‘Meander’ by Mariella Pisani Bencini
T.V. interview for ‘Wirt, Arti u Kultura’ by Emanuel Cassar
Presentation of works to H.E. the President of Malta
Arts and Culture E-blog at eve.com.mt
Publication - ‘Treasures of Malta’
Publication - IIC Conference at Bilbao 2004
Numerous Unpublished reports including – The conservation of The Chapel of Aragon at St. John's Co-Cathedral
Reference public lecture on Cultural Heritage and Restoration
Reference public lecture on Conservation of Stella Maris painting
Reference public lecture The Flagellation St. John s Co Cathedral
Reference public lecture Titular statue of St. Dominic
Restoration of statue of St Dominic
Agatha counteracts re restoration
- Restoration of the two late 17th century wood-carved and gilt organ boxes at St. John’s Co-Cathedral
- Restoration of the decorated and gilt dome of the Chapel of Aragon at St. John’s Co-Cathedral
- Restoration of ‘The Flight to Egypt’ and ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ - Cali’s Choir paintings at the Church of Tarxien
Others – Previous reproductions
Reproduction of 16th century painting (2006)
Madonna and Child icon (2003)
Judith slaying Holofermes