Photography by Joanna Demarco
Gabriel Buttigieg (b.1993) is a visual artist. He studied at the Faculty of Education and the Department of Digital Arts and is currently reading for a degree in Psychology at the University of Malta.
Buttigieg’s paintings have always been characterised by primitive roots and dominated by the human figure. Starting off from a distinctly expressionist style, with paint exploding on canvas to limn the urgent, volcanic emotions that engulf human relations; in his latest exhibition, ‘Saudade' he has moved to the narrative, allegory and symbolism, creating a contrast between the works’ sinister themes and the serenity of the finished paintings.
Apart from taking part in several collective exhibitions, among them at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta Contemporary Art, and with the Xarolla Group of Artists. Buttigieg has held a number of solo exhibitions, namely ‘Paintings’ (2016), ‘Nudes’ (2016), ‘The Droplet’ series (2017) and ‘Saudade’ (2018).
His collaborations include the posters for the Brikkuni album ‘Rub al Khali’.