Photo by Benjie Zammit

Bio Note

Gabriel Buttigieg (b. 1993) is a prolific visual artist based in Malta, whose creative range spans from drawing and printmaking, to large-scale paintings. His artwork reflects primordial themes, often conceptualised within a Mediterranean or tribal context. Over the years, a gradual development has become evident in his art, which has moved from raw and provocative images of the body, apparent in his exhibitions such as ‘Paintings’ (MT), ‘Nudes’ (MT) and ‘The Droplet’ series (MT) to the existential depictions displayed in ‘Saudade’ (MT) and ‘The Beach’ (PL/MT). In his forthcoming exhibitions and projects in Italy, Cyprus, France, The Netherlands, and the UK, Buttigieg will explore the depths of decadence, and the ecstasy linked with mythic creatures. In ‘Darkness at Noon’ (MT), the artist links the human with the animal, encouraging reflection on who, or what, is actually bestial. Buttigieg is also currently focusing on classical and divine underpinnings, as is evident in “Agnus Dei”, part of the collective exhibition ‘{v}’ (MT). 

Gabriel Buttigieg has successfully read for a Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Malta. His dissertation explored the notion of death and its consequent anxiety, themes which are ever present in his visual art. 

He has also studied at the Faculty of Education. Buttigieg is currently reading for a Masters in Fine Arts by Research at the University of Malta, wherein he will explore narratives and themes related to the feminine. 

Artist Statement

Dominated by memorable depictions of the human figure, it is characterised by what critics have described as paint exploding on canvas to limn the urgent, volcanic passions that engulf human relations. He started his artistic trajectory with a distinctly expressionist manner; since then, he has researched endlessly to hone a style which evolves with every exhibition and which is incontrovertibly his own.

Buttigieg confesses that behind his artistic drive is his fascination with sex, death and the transience of all things. This feeds his savage thirst – so palpable in his paintings – for the beauty and pleasures of nature and the body untrammelled by inhibitions. This is counterbalanced by a melancholic and more contemplative strain in his art – a sense of loss and longing for a primordial state of innocence, as well as disenchantment and disgust at the corruption and artificiality of contemporary humanity.  The artist's worldview is also coloured by his existentialist stance, and his leanings towards determinism and evolution.

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ArtNet, New York, America
Ocula, Honk Kong 
ArtzId, Malta

Nominated for 'Young Artist of the Year 2020’ award by Arts Council Malta.