Lucio Dubini is an abstract artist originally from Milan, Italy. He has been living in Malta for the past six years, having previously lived in many different countries. “Throughout my life journey, I realized that art is my oxygen,” he says.
When and how did you get started?
Art has constantly been a part of my life. In my early years, I recall the colourful exhibitions that I attended with my mother, the expressive abstract sculptures and paintings of my grandfather, and the passion of my parents for their art. While life at some point seemed to drive me in different directions, my heart has always belonged to art. Since I arrived in Malta six years ago, my abstract art exploded in paintings and sculptures.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Playful, expressive, energetic, and impulsive.
Where was your first exhibition held?
My first exhibition was held at the Malta Art Fair in Ta’ Qali in 2017.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
No, I don’t have a favourite among my artworks. Each one represents a part of me.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a new set of abstract black and white paintings.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
Nicholas de Staël.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Happiness for me is creating a work in which I recognise myself. I feel full and satisfied when I can completely express my feelings.
What brought you to Malta?
Sun, sea, lifestyle
What do you love about Malta?
I love the colours of Malta: the blue sky, the turquoise sea, the ochre limestone. I love the friendly people. I love the cultural environment where art is very well supported.
I love walking in nature and admiring the cliffs or getting lost in the narrow streets of Mdina, Valletta, or in other historic town centres. Malta is a great inspiration for my art.
What do you hate about Malta?
I think that there should be more green areas. I would hope that we could plant more trees.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
My favourite colour is blue. Linked to my love for the sea.
And finally, what is Lucio Dubini’s favourite indulgence?
Typical seasoned cheese
Lucio Dubini’s exhibition Memories from Mars, which was paused in March, will resume from 1 to 16 September at the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta. For more information visit the artist’s website
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