Take a look at my work

-Mario Sammut-



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Jack

Adam and Eve

Branching Out

Collaboration

Community

Confrontation

Dancing Couples

Deliberating

Embracing Dancers

Guardian Angel

Seated Female Figure

King and Queen

Momentum

Reconciliation

Rollercoaster

Solidarity

The Annuncitioan

The Group

Three Friends

Tribe

Village Bench

Mario Sammut, was born in Malta in 1955. From an early age he attended drawing and painting lessons by Antoine Camilleri and Esprit Barthet. Later he attended classes in ceramics under the guidance of ceramist Gabriel Caruana.

His ceramics are hand-built, using slabs to create sculptural forms which depict a particular style of the human figure emphasising a balance of texture, shape and line. His ceramic sculptures range from single figures to multiple figures interacting with each other, emphasising on social interaction and relationships, exploring the human figure through such emotions and situations. He portrays the human figure or in groups with minimal detail yet in monumental form.

He fires his ceramics to stoneware temperature of 1260 degrees centrigrade. He glazes his ceramics in a monochromatic way so as not to interfere with the visual aesthetics of the form. The minimalist approach and lack of details convey a sense of anonymity where the viewers are left to adapt the representation to their imagination.

From 1989 onwards, Mario took part in various collective ceramics exhibitions in Malta and has also exhibited his works in Cyprus, Frankfurt, Sicily and Denmark.

He also co-organised and exhibited in the Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibitions, which have been ongoing since 2005, yearly alternating its venue between Malta and Cyprus.

In 2010 his works were selected to be exhibited at the Bornholm European Ceramics Exhibition in Denmark where each European Community country had 2 ceramists selected to participate.

In 2011, his three works submitted for the Public Art in Gozo Competition were short listed. In 2012, on commission by the Ministry for Gozo, he modelled one of these selected works, ‘Embracing Dancers’, into a 2.5metre bronze sculpture, which has been placed at Xewkija, on the road from Mgarr Harbour to Rabat in Gozo.

In 2015 after submissions for Public Art 2016-2018, a sculpture titled Ras il-Huta (Head of a Fish) was chosen and will be sculpted by the artist in Bianco Carrara marble.

His ceramic works can be found in private collections in Malta and various other countries and in the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Malta and other entities.


Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2010- Humanity In Forms – Malta Fine Arts Museum, Valletta.
  • 2013- Expressing Humanity – Palazzo de la Salle Valletta.
  • 2013- Visions of Humanity – Banca Giuratale ,Victoria, Gozo.

Public Art:

  • Embracing Dancers – 2.5m bronze sculpture at Xewkija, Gozo

Collectives (from 2005);

  • 2005 - Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition – Palazzo Vilhena, Mdina
  • 2005 - Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Kypria Gonia, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • 2006 -Unita 2006
  • 2007 - 6th Biennale of Contemporary Christian Art
  • 2007 - Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition – Auberge d’Italie – Valletta
  • 2007 - Unita 2007
  • 2007 - Diversity in Art – Razzett tal-Markiz Mallia Tabone – Mosta
  • 2008 - Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition at The Municipal Gallery Larnaca, Cyprus
  • 2008 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt – Four Artist Exhibition
  • 2008 - Unita 2008
  • 2008 - Freeforms – 3 Artist Exhibition – Hastings Gardens Valletta.
  • 2008 - Rotta tal-Arti – Indipendenza 2008
  • 2008 - Diversity II – Razzett tal- Markiz Mallia Tabone – Mosta
  • 2009 - Freeforms II – 4 Artist Exhibition, Hastings Gardens, Valletta.
  • 2009 - Rotta tal-Arti Indipendenza 2009
  • 2009 - Third Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition, St. James Cavalier Arts Centre, Valletta
  • 2010 - Art Collective – Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema.
  • 2010 - Rotta tal-Arti 2010
  • 2010 - European Ceramic Context 2010– Bornholm, Denmark.
  • 2010 - Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus.
  • 2011 - Palermo (Bagheria) – Sicily/Cyprus/Malta Ceramics Exhibition
  • 2011 - Gozo Public Art –. Rabat, Gozo (3 exhibits shortlised)
  • 2011 - Sacred Art Biennale 2011 - Cittadella, Gozo
  • 2011 - Art Exhibition –Palazzo de la Salle Valletta.
  • 2011 - Rotta tal-Arti 2011
  • 2011 - Malta Ceramics Festival
  • 2012 - Rotta tal-Arti 2012
  • 2012 - Cyprus-Malta Ceramics Exhibition – Municipal Gallery, Cyprus
  • 2012 - Collective Exhibition Artistic Impressions II, Cavalieri Hotel, St.Julians
  • 2013 – Sacred Art Biennale 2013 – Cittadella, Gozo
  • 2013 – Malta-Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition - Auberge d’Italie, Valletta.
  • 2013 – Annual Exhibition – Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta.
  • 2013 - APS Banks Art Exhibition 2013 (4-artist exhibition) - APS Bank Centre, Swatar, B’kara.
  • 2015 – Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2015, Mdina.