Photo by Clint Scerri Harkins
Maltese visual artist Gabriel Buttigieg (b. 1993) has held a number of solo exhibitions, namely ‘Paintings’ (2016), ‘Nudes’ (2016), ‘The Droplet’ series (2017) and ‘Saudade’ (2018). He has also participated in several collective exhibitions, among them at Spazju Kreattiv (MT), Valletta Contemporary Art (MT), and with the Xarolla Group of Artists (MT). His solo exhibition "The Beach" (2019) at The Armoury of Art, Academy of Fine Art, Gdansk, Poland, was also held at The Splendid, Valletta, Malta (2020). Buttigieg will be working on upcoming exhibitions and projects in Piacenza, Italy, and Chateauneuf-sur-Charente and Bordeaux, France.
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 and the Department of Digital Media.
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. This young artist’s worldview is darkened also by his existentialism and his belief in evolution and determinism.
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Nominated for 'Young Artist of the Year' award by Arts Council Malta.