Flavia Marmarà was born in Mosta in 1966. Since childhood she was drawn to the Arts, encouraged by the frequent sight of her mother practicing her painting – a cherished memory of earlier family days.
How did you get started?
I attended Art classes from a young age, absorbing the skills and nurturing an artistic spirit until work pressures demanded that I put aside my art for a while. I credit my passion for mosaic to the first encounter with my mosaic tutor and artist Alfred Briffa, in 1997.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
My mosaic art ranges from abstract to still life, nature or sculpture, and reflects my interest in things that surround me. My main influence is nature itself, with its variety of form, colour and structure.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Mosaic is a metamorphosis of broken pieces into a thing of beauty.
Where was your first exhibition held?
Razzett tal-Markiz in Mosta
How long have you been practising your art?
Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
The Artichoke is one of my favourite but there are several others which I love.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
I find my inspiration in the work of other artists such as Gustav Klimt and Vincent Van Gogh.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Since I have a passion for creativity I think I would choose to be an Architect.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Mosaic fulfils my burning desire to be creative, releases my mind from the dullness of daily routine and transports me to a mythical world where my longing for freedom and adventure is fulfilled.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am experimenting on different reflections in the water and different tree perspectives.
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I am more alive in the morning if it is not too early.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
I do not drink coffee but I drink up to 20 teas a day.
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
Sundays are mostly dedicated entirely to my mosaic.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
I love cheese
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
I would love to have a large studio encircled with full containers of different colours and shades of Venetian glass Tesserae, marble, ceramic and stones available.
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