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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.