Luciano Micallef

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Luciano Micallef

Luciano Micallef is a Maltese artist who is known for his abstract art in various mediums. He is a prolific painter having introduced abstract paintings to prominent public places and private collections in Malta.


Luciano Micallef was born in Malta on 1st November 1954. He is married to Patricia Abdilla and has one child, Chiara.

At the early age of 10 years he studied art privately under Guzeppi Briffa. In 1979 he won a scholarship to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy [1] In 1990 he was offered an artist in residence programme at the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts in USA.

Soon after he won the International Visitors Programme, visiting various important art institutions throughout the USA. In 1991, Luciano was invited as an artist-in-residence at Luther College in Iowa, USA.

In 2006 he was again artist-in-residence at the ANU, Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia.

In the summer of 2006 the Bank of Valletta presented a retrospective exhibition covering works of art from over thirty years of his career. A book was published in conunction with restrospective show.

Art and Career

Luciano has also made a name for himself abroad from where he has received several notable commissions. Over a long period of time Luciano's realistic style of painting evolved into one of total abstraction, using bold and colourful compositions. His persistent search for new means of expression have added to his eloquence of identity. The strong and positive statement of colour immediately identifies his artworks. His unique style of portraiture have granted him the opportunity to create portraits for Roberto Begnigni, Gilberto and Luciano Benetton, Ornella Muti, Renzo Piano and Silvia Damiani amongst others.

Luciano has exhibited in museums and private galleries in Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia.

In 1996 Gallery 5 he inaugurated his own private gallery in Naxxar, Malta.

The University of Malta has published a book about his works in 1993. Another book entitled Abstracts was launched in 2006.


His paintings have enjoyed international acclaim with invitations to participate and contribute to various Art events.

In 2013, he represented Malta at the IXth Florence Biennale 2013 at Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy.

His large scale fused glass panels can be found in various chapels in Malta.

Besides his paintings and works in glass, Luciano has also designed various book covers and posters. He was also responsible for designing stamps commemorating the 1984 Olympics. His colourful art has appeared on credit cards, cosmetic packaging, among others.

Personal Exhibitions

1975/79/81 Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

1976 Hotel Phoenicia, Floriana, Malta

1978 Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Valletta, Malta

1985 National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta

1987 Haus des Kunstwerks, Dusseldorf, Germany

1989 Museo Municipales de Bellas Artes, Santander, Spain

1990 Foundation for International Studies, Valletta, Malta

1991 Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta

1992 Luther College, Iowa, USA

1993 Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa, USA

1995 Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany

1995 Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, S. Korea

1996 Gallery 5, San PawlTat-Targa, Malta / Recent Paintings

1998 Gallery 5, San PawlTat-Targa, Malta / Mutations

1999 Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

2001 Gallery 5, San PawlTat-Targa, Malta / Alchemy

2001 National Central Library,Tripoli, Libya

2002 Galerie Jean Despas, St Tropez, France

2001 KBC Bank Galerij, Brussels, Belgium

2004 Palazzo Affari ai Giureconsulti, Milano, Italy

2004 Charlemagne Buildings, Brussels, Belgium

2004 Jean Monnet Centre, Paris. France

2004 Galerie am Hauptplatz, Hainburg. Austria

2005 Gallery 5, San PawlTat-Targa, Malta / Transitions

2006 Retrospective Exhibition organised by the Bank of Valletta

2006 National European Centre, Canberra, Australia / Perception and Mystery

2012 Gallery 5, San PawlTat-Targa, Malta / Mutations

Collective (selective)

1977- Libyan Cultural Centre, Valletta

1978- Town Hall, Copenhagen

1982- Galleria Fenici, Valletta

1995- Maison de l’Europe, Paris

2000- St James Cavalier, Valletta

2005- Waterfront Project, Valletta.

2008-'Triennale of Engraving', Museum of Modern Greek Art, Rhodes, Greece.

2013-The Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy.

2015- VIII L’arte el il torchio, Cremona, Italy.

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