A passionate Maltese Artist who portrays the human form, intent on capturing the pyschology of figures, evoking a range of emotions. She studied art from a very young age and would attend various courses but she is mainly self taught and has achieved a unique mode of expression.
Kevin Casha is a Maltese photographer with a career spanning over 30 years and won numerous international and local awards. He regularly lectures on photography at the Malta institute of Professional Photography, Heritage Malta and University of Malta and conducts workshops both in Malta as well as internationally. His photography has been widely published with no fewer than thirteen books illustrated fully with his images.
I got my Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2007, my Master in Neurobiology at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2009, and my PhD in Neuroscience at the Italian Institute of Technology in 2014 (Genoa, Italy; Mentor: Dr Laura Cancedda). During my Master and PhD studies I investigated the role of GABAergic transmission during neurodevelopment, maldevelopment and plasticity of the brain using electrophysiological and anatomical techniques. Then, I moved abroad for my Postdoctoral training at Cardiff University (UK) and at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France). Since, 2017, I am Research Support Officer at the University of Malta (Malta). My final goal is to understand brain functions under physiological and pathological conditions. To achieve this goal, I use electrophysiological and anatomical techniques to investigate brain (dis-)function at different levels.
Bogdan Dyulgerov was born in 1965 in the town of Sliven Bulgaria. In 1989 he has graduated from the Medical College in Varna as a Dental Technician. Since then Bogdan has actively been practicing his profession. His passion for painting dates back to the years of his childhood. The most significant moment in his
creative journey was when Bogdan painted his first abstract works and he realised that paintings happen by themselves, through him but not by him. He stopped "forcing the canvas'' and since then his works came to life. Bogdan's interest in sculpture began during his high school years. Bronze is his favourite material. His first bronze sculptures were cast while he was a student in the Medical College. Since 2008 Bogdan Dyulgerov has been living and working in Malta.
Keith Ellul is a fine art photographer who mainly but not exclusively shoots the landscape/seascape. Through his photography he attempts to express his mood and feelings of the locations he captures, to impart that same experience he feels to the viewer. Keith is a devoted photographer, he published his first coffee table book in December 2015 – ‘Beyond the Horizon’ and he set up his first solo exhibition in March 2016 – ‘Harvesting Light’. He also took part in a collective exhibition - publication organised by APS Bank Malta in 2018 - 'Diversity - Recognising Individuality' & later ‘The Ten Beyond’ in 2019 a collective exhibition between 10 leading Maltese photographers.
He obtained his Associate with the Malta Institute of Professional Photography in 2017 and later in 2018 his Fellowship FMIPP with the same institute. He is a member of The Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photography UK and has been awarded Fellowship FSINWP in 2018. Regularly taking part in various International competitions in which he has won various awards, namely in the Prestigious Black & White Spider Awards, International Color Awards, ND Awards, Monochrome Awards & Monovision Awards.
Keith has been using ©LEE Filters since 2013 and he is supported by the brand as an Official LEE Filters photographer. His style of photography, being a landscape or urban environment, has always a common factor, motion or movement. He considers the camera as a time machine, where he can briefly arrest time and immortalise a period of either a few seconds or minutes in a single frame. When asked why photography? He has no clear answer. Rather, it’s the same as how some people turn to sport, religion or other disciplines to find purpose and meaning to life. Photography has given him a clear sense and appreciation of who he is.
Mark Mallia was a student of the late Esprit Barthet. He has already held his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta and this led him to winning a bursary at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Although travels around France and the US made him put art second place to a hedonistic lifestyle, this also led to some of his greatest experiences. In France, he worked for Pathe, a major film production and distribution company, as a storyboarder and photographer. It was here that Princess Stephanie of Monaco recognized his talent and commissioned him an exhibition which turned out to be a complete sell out. He also exhibited in Toronto and recently at the Miami Art Basel in the USA. It was after his arrival in Malta, though, that he realized the need to pursue his career as an artist, full time. Although Mallia is marketed as a European pop artist, he is definitely an expressionist.
Ġorġ Mallia is best known as an illustrator, socio-political cartoonist and comic artist. His cartoons have been published both locally and abroad. His One Family satirical strip ran weekly in The Sunday Times between 1993 and 2008. He was also one of the pioneers of comics publishing in Malta. Mallia has also written and illustrated a large number of children’s books, the latest being the very successful Il-Professur Għasfur for Merlin Publishers and Sigurd and the Tree of Life for Horizons. Mallia also paints digitally, mixing abstract elements with classical figure drawing, attempting to create a visual representation of intense emotion. He has exhibited his works in collective exhibitions in a number of countries. Ġorġ Mallia has a Ph.D from the University of Sheffield. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Malta, where he Heads the Department of Media and Communications. Among others, he lectures about visual narrative, graphic design, and illustration.
The spiritualist Eduard Milan, Born to a polish mother during Second World War. He was separated from his mother at the age of 10 and was sent to a charity that took care of displaced children, of which he has fond memories. He also had to spend time with foster families. Eduard’s first spiritual experience happened when he was 7 years old. He tells about how he was building sand castles with other children and suddenly felt like he was taken up in heaven to the moon and he was walking on the stars which looked like diamonds, picked one and suddenly fell down back to earth with the other children. He is still surprised how nobody had realised he had left his body.
At the age of 25 he joined a global spiritualist movement where he met his current wife. Throughout his life he has worked as a woodwork machinist. Eduard believes in astral projection and feels that painting is his spiritual mission. He paints during intuitive sessions that last a couple of hours each during which he communicates with his angelic guides about the purpose of life, the beauty of nature and healing meditation and self-awareness. He receives and translates his answers in his paintings.
Eduard has recently been spending more time in meditative intuition and trance states which he considers safer. When one looks at Edward’s work he is met with an angelic spiritual code. His art is characterised by its dizzying complexity, a vortex of swirling psychedelic patterns and labyrinthine designs, of skies that look like maps with pathways to other worlds. Swallows, cranes and angels populate his colourful landscapes with a small crowd of onlookers looking up above at the mesmerising skies. Galaxies with black holes and floral patterns His use of glitter adds to heightened level of other worldliness and disconnection from the ordinary material world. He has been using as a medium to connect with spirits for over 20 years.
Sergio Muscat’s art is one that looks closely – that approaches, associates, combines and recombines. As inspiration for his works, he creates an ever growing digital photographic archive of the world he encounters (everyday objects, artworks, architecture, technology, nature). Muscat’s archive bears testimony to the way he appropriates the world: His camera registers a subject, looks at it closely, distorts it, changes viewpoint or swirls around it. That work is then combined into his final artworks, which themselves are re-introduced into the archive as source for future work. Muscat rendersthe result into both traditional fine art prints and everyday objects such as silk scarves and architectural elements, reminding us that the world is something every individual constructs from exposure, experience, memories and interests, as well as preconceptions, biases and worldviews.
Born in 1978, Muscat was exposed to both art and science since childhood - within a family of doctors, teachers, photographers and musicians. Originally focussing on computer science, he re-discovered photography in his twenties, at the peak of the digital revolution, eventually furthering his studies in digital art. He applied his knowledge of technology and started pushing the boundaries of traditional photography using the photograph as a base layer - an inspirational starting point that has no limit in its potential. Working mostly within the digital photographic medium, he creates artwork that is instinctive, sensitive and contemplative, focusing on personal and collective realities that are continuously changing through personal experience, the evolution of nature and the intervention of mankind.
He is constantly in search for that core element of being that ties everything together. The greatest curiosity afflicting him is about the self - who are we? where and how do we fit in with everything else? And after all, what is everything else? Through his work, he has always tried to seek something that is beyond the physical - a search for the true self, the core being, the soul.
He uses abstraction to tap into the highly subjective perception of reality, influenced by individual experiences - the amalgamation of sensory perception and ever-changing emotional baggage. Sergio’s work sits in between his reality and that of each other individual, enabling him not merely to portray his personal reality, but also those viewing his work to engage with it, triggering subconscious and latent emotions that manifest in their instinctive associations and final interpretation of the work.
Selina Scerri is a Malta based artist who explores artistic traditional themes in an unapologetically contemporary, overtly feminine way. Romantic and idealistic in her naive forms her current work focuses on the tradition of still life and florals in painting, by drawing inspiration from the great Masters such as Van Gogh, Matisse and Cezanne. Since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s College she has been very active as an artist and has exhibited in Italy, England and Malta.
Selina is currently working on a collection that explores domesticity against boredom by attempting to shed a new light to vases full of flowers, imbuing them with a magical character.
Beatriz Solera Caballero was born in 1976 in Madrid, Spain.
Her interest in Fine Arts began during her childhood, as she used to lie on the floor for hours, drawing and painting.
During her youth, she decided to study in one of the most prestigious art academies in Madrid, ‘Peña Academy’, to later enrol in the ‘University of Fine Arts’ to pursue engraving, sculpture and photography among other disciplines.
She graduated in the year 2000, having specialised in Image Arts. She immediately started working by commission on portraits, photoshoots, landscapes, etc. signing with the pseudonym “Levita”, a nickname lovingly used by her mother’s family for generations.
Beatriz has also participated in different collective and solo exhibitions, and she has received awards in various painting and photography competitions.
In 2010, she decided to move to Malta for a short period of time, but finding its turquoise waters and golden light inspiring, those ‘few years’ turned into more than a decade.
It is now, more than ten years later, that she has decided to capture her experience in the island on a series of paintings composed of works such as: ‘In Summer to Ghadira’, ‘Sundays at Marsaxlokk’, ‘Living in St. Paul’s Bay’ or ‘Swimming in front of Valletta’ amongst others.
To this day, twenty years later, she continues producing her art with the same passion and dedication.