Christopher Saliba, an artist and art educator who lives and works in Gozo.
How did you get started?
I qualified as a professional Art teacher from the University of Malta in 1996. In 1997 I won a 4-year scholarship at the Accademia di Belle Arti, “Pietro Vannucci” in Perugia. After successfully completingmy Masters in Fine Arts I resumed my teaching profession and specialised in landscape and abstract painting.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
What comes to mind first is Paul Cezanne, the Modern master who revolutionised landscape painting.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
I try to convey the beauty of our Mediterranean islands with my choice of textured, vibrant and luminous colours.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I consider my painting inclined towards Neo-Expressionism.
Your favourite from among your own artworks?
I do not have any favourites as such. I try to give my best in each work as if it were the ultimate painting.
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first personal exhibition was held in Victoria, Gozo in 2002.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a new collection of paintings based on my interpretation of local landscapes.
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting regularly since 1992.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I love to have natural light while I’m working and hardly get inspired at night.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
Sunday is usually a rest day.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
More visits to museums and galleries abroad.
Favourite place to holiday?