Guzeppi Theuma, sculptor, ceramicist and painter

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Ġużeppi Theuma is a 72-year-old painter

How did you get started?
I can remember an aunt who painted on glass who gave me a set of oils at the age of 12, telling me that I had a talent. She then became a missionary nun in India.

What genre do you consider your work to be?
I am essentially a sculptor but I feel comfortable in any media that provides scope for creativity.

Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Abstract art with a strong hint of Surrealism.

Where was your first exhibition held?
St. Albans Town Hall in the United Kingdom.

How long have you been painting?
Actively for about 50 years.

Which is your favourite from among your own artworks?
Out Of Wedlock, a ceramic piece that offered a new hope when I had to stop my metal sculptures for health reasons

Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
In sculpture I love Henry Moore and in painting Antoine Camilleri both of whom both I met personally.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Completing a work piece which fulfils me… which is rare.

What are you working on at the moment?
Ceramics… but mainly acrylic paintings.

Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
Makes no difference but I love natural light

How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
4 to 5 cups but strong and sweet.

Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
On Sundays I tend to indulge in other less demanding interests.

Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
Yes, very much so.

If you were given a million Euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
I would travel more. As I matured money has much less relevance in my life.

Favourite place to holiday?
I love mainly Siena but my dream had always been to visit Petra, which will never happen.

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