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Tonio Mallia has been actively pursuing a unique creative vision for the past 25 years. Born in Malta in 1955, he began his artistic as a painter of landscapes in watercolours, a medium with which he has continuously experimented and through experience perfected within his working methods. His subsequent masterly handling of his work has allowed him to confidently and more fully realize the potential of this most versatile and unforgiving media.


He is willing to discard convention in order to more effectively realize an image to its fullest impact, utilizing alternative media as is immediately noticed in his trademark large-scale pictures of mixed media on textured rice-paper. The bold use of composition and dramatic lighting help to create an atmosphere of intense scrutiny and almost cinematic beauty, the play between light and shadow never failing to captivate the imagination.




With great self-discipline and introspection, Tonio has unfailingly continued to evolve in the representational field, consumed by a painfully truthful understanding of human nature while propelled by a deep empathy and yearning for the divine, which can only be expressed through his art. This on-going struggle to realize the ethereal can only be achieved by working with the constraints of the physical reality of painting. Moving on from his earlier works, Tonio has recently become more than ever absorbed by the tension inherent in the dual nature of mankind, an honest evaluation of a transient existence as well as an evocation to the heroic potential of human choice.

However Tonio is not idealistic or naive in this appeal. His are bleak visions of a world in conflict that has already passed, or might one day be. He is not a history painter, nor is he interested in the comfortable specificities of the past, the distance that separate us from our ancestors and fill us with a misguided conception that we are somehow fundamentally different or better.

 Tonio brings to life this turmoil that rages within each and every one of us, through the reality of paint he highlights our transient reality as beings of choice, as people both fatally flawed and filled with redemptive hope, each of us so cursed and yet so beautiful.




Jeni Caruana is a well-known, local artist with a studio in Manikata, Malta. She was born in England and studied at Uxbridge, Hull and Harrow Art Colleges before settling in Malta in 1977.  She worked as a graphic designer and then followed a post-Diploma course at Malta College of Art.


Jeni holds regular solo exhibitions and participates in joint, group and collective exhibitions in Malta and abroad. She has represented Malta in UK, USA, Sardinia, Rome, Tunisia, Libya and Norway. Her paintings now hang in many public and private collections all over the world.


Works cover a wide variety of subjects and media, from landscapes to Prehistoric Temples, sand to ceramics, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media to wooden sculptures. They are always based on good drawing and keen observation and started on location or from live models. Intense study of the human figure has resulted in her ability to capture fleeting glimpses of people in motion. Visually expressing the emotional effects of music on the senses, her live paintings of dancers and musicians are a popular and favourite subject.




Jeni has been teaching drawing and watercolour techniques to adults since 1995. She regularly runs courses and workshops in drawing and watercolours for adults, specialised courses in life drawing, watercolour techniques, weekend workshops and painting outings and also art for self-expression, meditation and relaxation.