Raphael Mizzi – Sculptor

I was born and live in Malta and work at the University of Malta. During my free time I love to swim and snorkel and capture images of our beautiful coastline. I also admire local history and archaeology, and enjoy long walks in the countryside. I am always eager to know more, and have an ambitious character.

 

What genre do you focus on?

In the round sculpture

 

When and how did you get started?

I used to be a very active person practising scuba diving and playing tennis. Suddenly I found myself physically restricted due to a condition in my back where I started to shift to mental challenges rather than physical ones. I changed my previous work, started to study at University of Malta and then in 2012 I started attending Sculpture in Stone – an evening course at Malta School of Arts Valletta. I spent two years sculpting in stone before learning that the school offered another course in clay modelling. At that time I used to peak into the class through windows while lessons were taking place and would observe what others were doing until one day in 2014 I decided to attend the class. Under the guidance of late Sculptor Joseph Chetcuti, I started to copy faces and figures on a flat two dimensional form until the end of the first year I created a bust of King Lysimachus in clay in a three dimensional form.

Is the outdoor sculpting a new thing? 

This started in 2019. I love the beach and Riviera bay is my favourite one, and since Sculptor Joseph Chetcuti passed away I started to attend a Painting and Drawing course. I have missed playing with clay, so I took the advantage to use the bay as a workshop by using the natural clay and transforming it into an outdoor piece of art.

“My greatest satisfaction is that from a natural thing I can turn it into an artistic transformation. Just like when you have something without a form and you make it look brighter. When I was much younger, and before I used to attend evening classes, I used to sit by the sea, and transform a piece of clay into a boat or anything that would have been visible to me,”.

 

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

proportional, inspiring, spontaneous, detailed,

 

Do you have a favourite from among your own works? If so, why?

I do not have any favourite one. Each and every work brings its own challenges and satisfaction.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I am working on planning to do another beach art which will pass on a message on beach waste.

 

What inspires you?

Travelling to historical places and museums and admiring the works of the old masters.

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

Besides being an artist I do many other things, but if I had to choose a profession it would be that of an architect. Maybe for the next life!

 

What is the epitome of happiness for you?

With respect to art is when someone sees my work and tells me that they got inspired and start to do something themselves. Another epitome of happiness besides art is the feeling during those few seconds when you wake up and realise you are in a different country.

 

Favourite colour and what it means to you?

Aqua Marine Blue as this reminds me of the colour which emits from sea caves. Sea Caves sometimes look mysterious but when you get inside them and your eyes start to settle in the darkness, you will start to observe their beauty.

 

And finally, what is your favourite indulgence?

I can never say no to a carrot cake from Fontanella!

 

Overview of upcoming exhibitions / workshops with links

I usually display my work at the beach and it will be very spontaneous. The work will stay depending on the weather. It can stay from one day up to a few weeks.

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Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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