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Art Discussion Group - Malta

121st Meeting Artist

Mario Borg - Sculptor

The 121st Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Thursday 29th May 2014 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting the specially gifted artist Mario Borg, who excels in modelling works in clay with great realism and expressiveness, to meet its members and friends. He is a self-taught artists who in a few years has progressed by leaps and bounds. The artist will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, and career. He will also elaborate about technique in terracotta and exhibit some of his original work.

Mario Borg (b.1963) is from Mosta and has shown precocious interest in art since childhood inspired by a love of nature, beauty and sacred art. Yet only recently in 2010, in an exhibition of ‘Talent Mosti’ at the Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone did he realize his craving for modelling in clay when with passion and determination he set himself the challenge of reproducing the statue of the Madonna of Mt. Carmel of Zurrieq by Salvu Psaila, a labour he achieved in seven months. 

But after such initial pain he never looked back and in 2012 he transformed Caravaggio’s masterpieces of ‘The Beheading’ and ‘St. Jerome’ in neo-realism into three dimensional works in clay.

This phase stimulated great curiosity into modelling the human figure and a study in human anatomy creating a replica of ‘Hercules Killing the Centaur’ and other works with a message: ‘Extreme’, ‘Life Versus Death’ and ‘Man Destroyed the World’ about moderation in life, the life cycle and love for the environment. Such work brought him isolated acclaim through a news item on TVM and on ‘Teżori’ on ONE TV. This led to his first personal exhibition ‘L-Isfida Minquxa’ (2013) at the ‘Razzett tal-Markiż’ Mosta, the title implicitly means art is a challenge.

In these last few months in a feverish and obsessed manner he turned to portraiture busts. A veritable masterpiece is that of J. J. Camilleri an echo of ‘Il Ritratto di un Patrizio’ (Roma, Museo Torlonia) fig.84 in Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli a classical example of expressive Roman realism. 

After this achievement then followed those of Sarah and Rebecca, his daughters; his self-portrait actually cast in bronze by Joseph Chectcuti, Wiston V. Zahra, Bishop Annetto de Pasquale and of Dom Mintoff.

Lately Mario finished work on the ‘Four Horses of the Apocalypse’: Death, Famine, War and Plague, possibly inspired by Durer’s work, a challenge of horses and riders in movement with special orthogonal effects as the riders are driving their horses in different directions. I never beheld such dynamic movement in my life. And in ‘Waves Making Horses’ Mario succeeds in giving the impression of a pack of horses born out of the oscillatory power of breaking waves on the shore.

ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting Mario Borg and share with him the pleasure and enjoyment that art instills.

 E. V. Borg

06. 05. 2014