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Art Discussion Group - Malta

112nd Meeting Artist

Michael Vella - mosaic and sculptur artist

The 112nd Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 19.15hrs at MISCO OFFICES (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. For this meeting the Society is inviting Michael Vella (b.1972) a mosaicist and a sculptor who has recently exhibited a collection of works at the ‘Razzett

tal-Markiż', Mosta in the Good Friday Exhibition, 2013.

Michael is an experienced craftsman and is eager to model works in clay, sculpt stone and wood and create mosaic pieces. He is presenting his unique collection of about 50 works (sculpture and ceramics) on screen and will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, technique and career. 

Michael’s mentor is Gabriel Caruana (b. 1929) who has encouraged this talented craftsman and artist to further his efforts as a mosaicist. 

His sculpture, is quite realist and natural as he has lived in intimate relantionship with nature helping his father on their farm not only in childhood but later on as a youth during his studies at the Salvatore Dimech School for Craftsmen at Tarġa Gap, Mosta. 

His mosaic work is influenced by medieval craft and symbolism. He loves vivid and bright colour and perhaps his best work to date is an ‘Adam and Eve’ under the mythical tree, a brilliant panel with the ‘Zodiac Signs’, a triptych with the “Holy Family’ in three portraits, a ‘Legendary Grapevine’ and a ‘Falcon’ carved in wood. He loves history of art and studies the masters. 

ADG invites its members, their friends and the general public to this cultural and artistic event.

Michael, born in Naxxar in 1972 participated in several collective exhibitions locally. He attended the Trade School at Naxxar (1985-86) and another course at the Salvatore Dimech School for Craftsmen, Tarġa Gap, Mosta. 

He also attended the Extended Skill Training Scheme (1990-93) and since 1994 has worked as a Care Worker, ATC Santa Venera. ADG presented Michael Vella to its members in a short introduction showing his mosaic work and sculpture in carved wood in April 2013 and he has been invited as the Artist for the Month of May. 

His email is: [email protected]

E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman

10. 04. 2013