Austin Camilleri (b.1972)
is an artist by profession whose recent work investigates ambiguous shifts in religious iconography and the borders between kitsch and art. He studied at the University of Malta and at the Accademia Pietro Vannucci in Perugia, Italy, after winning a four-year scholarship in 1991. He is the founder of 356, founding member of Start and designs awards and stage sets for plays and operas.
He lived in New York and London and represented Malta in international exhibitions like Mediterranea in Brussels 1998, the Biennale degli artisti giovani in Rome 1999, the first art and ecology conference in Israel 1999, the Windsor and Newton worldwide millennium exhibition 2000 and in Malta, crossroads of civilization Geneva 2001, Breakthrough in the Hague,2004
Recent solo exhibitions include Lonesome death of Hattie Carroll in Valletta 2005 “Messa Arcaica” in Lipari, 2004, “Untitled: works from the abstract period”, in Mediterranea, 2003, “Let me give you what you want” in San Lawrenz, Gozo (2002), “Recent works” Galerie Bagnato in Konstanz (2001), “Stones” in Malta (1999) and “Sacredaustin” in Gozo (1998). Venues of major installations include Birgu ( Blitz 21), the Hague (Breakthrough), Valletta (Cityspaces and Borders), London (Chocolate), Konstanz (Kunstnacht 01) and St.James Cavalier (Art in Malta today). Works to be found at the Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva , the Vatican Museum , Skinder in New York , Museum of Fine Art in Valletta , banks, ministries, churches and private collections worldwide.
He is also a curator, putting up all his shows, Escape and Wistin Camilleri – maquettes, statues, sculptures.
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