Christopher Saliba

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Christopher Saliba

Christopher Saliba is an artist from Gozo.

He holds degrees in Art from the University of Malta and the Accademia di Belle Arti "Pietro Vannucci" in Perugia. During his four-year scholarship at the Accademia, Saliba participated in important artistic projects; he displayed his grand scale paintings in several collective exhibitions and produced various installations and videos.

His approach to art is quite versatile and painting is just one medium in his repertoire of artistic creations. Sculpture, printmaking, photography, installations and video are also valid means which enable him to express his thoughts and emotions. His work tries to reveal the complex nature of the human being as well as the primordial link between mankind and the natural environment. Being a Gozitan explains his interest in expressing symbolically the spatial and physical limitations of people living in confined spaces.

Christopher Saliba exhibited several times in different countries like Italy, England, France and Malta. Recently, he participated in an international exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. His works are found in numerous art collections in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States as well as in the permanent collections of important art institutions, namely the Accademia di Belle Arti, “Pietro Vannucci”, in Perugia, the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and the Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta. Essays and reviews about Christopher Saliba’s work feature in several local and foreign publications, the latest being Cross-Currents: Critical Essays on Art and Culture in Malta.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • November 2002, Dimensions of the Soul, Banca Giuratale, Victoria, Gozo.
  • October 2004, Transcending the Ordinary, Banca Giuratale, Victoria, Gozo.
  • October 2006, Of Time and Timelessness, St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta.
  • November 2007, Roots of an Island, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta.
  • July 2008, Defining Confines, Le Meridien, St.Julians.
  • December 2008, Virtual Confinement (video installation), St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta.
  • July 2009, Formations, The Citadel Arts Centre, Victoria. Gozo.
  • October 2009, Time Frames 1880 - 2009 (video installation), The Cabinet Room, Auberge de Castille, Valletta.
  • January 2011, Lux Aeterna - Sul Viaggio della Luce, Galleria di Villa Niscemi, Palermo.
  • December 2012, Places Revisited, Chetcuti Cauchi, Valletta.

Selected collective exhibitions

  • April 1998, Pruriti (installations), L'Atelier, Via dell' Aquila, Perugia.
  • June 1999, Caratteri 1999 (installations), Sant' Andrea d'Agliano, Perugia.
  • June 2000, Caratteri della Memoria (installations), Parco Santa Margherita, Perugia.
  • March 2001, Estasi (paintings), Galleria Fabbricato d'Italia, Perugia.
  • May 2001, Gener-azioni, Accademia di Belle Arti, Pietro Vannucci, Perugia.
  • September 2003, Malta Day (paintings), St. Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London.
  • March 2007, 30 Years of Art in Malta, Intercontinental, St. Julian's.
  • June 2007, Malta International (105 nations) Art Biennale, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
  • July 2007, Tribute to Malta, Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot, Paris.
  • March 2008, Selection D.O.C. (in collaboration with Mario Cassar), Gallery art...e, Victoria, Gozo.
  • November 2008, Itinera 2: collective exhibition by artists who studied in Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta.
  • September 2009, Les Grands Maitres de Demain, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
  • September 2011, 10th National Art Competition & Exhibition, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta.
  • November 2014, Selfie: an exhibition of self-portraits, Studio 104, Valletta.
  • November 2015, Places (in collaboration with Paul Stellini), Banca Giuratale, Victoria, Gozo.
  • May 2016. Summer Art Exhibition, the Domain, Manama.

Duo exhibitions

  • March 2008, Selection D.O.C. (in collaboration with Mario Cassar), Gallery art...e, Victoria, Gozo.
  • July 2008, Dual Connection (in collaboration with Mario Cassar) , Le Meridien, St.Julians, Malta.

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