Madeleine Gera – Painter
Madeleine Gera is a painter who lives in Valletta with her husband and two cats
When and how did you get started?
Oh! In earnest and full-time, with a studio of my own and running classes, working on commissions and taking part in exhibitions since 2004.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I have covered several genres. Portraiture, landscape, still life as well as printing, and etching in black and white and in colour.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
I think it’s quite particular to me and my life. I use sources that are available to me and that are significant to my life. I think as painters we have to understand our own experience of life and to tap into for it .
Where was your first exhibition held?
At the Museum of Fine Arts in South Street, Valletta.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
I prefer to refer to that as paintings. I’m pleased with my paintings of interiors in this exhibition. It’s a new departure for me and it’s not a common subject here – till now.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m painting hospital staff – frontliners.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
There are really too many. I’m very inspired by Antonio Mancini, He is considered to be one of the most important Italian artists of the 20th century. He worked in the forefront of the Realist movement. I’m also very keen on Antonio Sciortino, who I really believe should be given far more importance here at MUZA.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
An interior decorator and designer perhaps . But I have no idea…
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Being with Henry and my cats Olly and Zhu. Being with people I love, my parents of course. I think this Covid period really struck home who we value the most.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
I have no favorites when I’m painting. It depends how they are used.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Shoes, clothes, perfumes… and Leonidas Belgian Chocolate!
‘Twilight’, the latest exhibition of Madeleine Gera’s works, is taking place between 7 – 14 January 2021 at the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de la Salle, Republic Street, Valletta, from Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, and Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Entrance is free subject to Covid-19 safety measures. For more information about Madeleine Gera please visit www.madeleinegera.com For more details about the exhibition please visit www.artsmalta.org/events or www.facebook.com/maltasocietyofarts.
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