Gozitan Mario Agius’s sculpture exhibition opening in Mosta
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In this collection entitled ‘Is-sbuhija tan-Natura’ Mario is showing a series of artworks in wood, sandstone and globigerina limestone in which he is expressing his love for capturing figurative and semi abstracted forms.
Besides exploiting a variety of materials, Mario makes use of their particular features to enhance his expressionist renderings. Many of his sculptures are inspired from mother and child, family and lovers themes, mythological figures and even human suffering and diversity. His expressionistic and almost primitive approach to the media is visible especially in his wood and weathered limestone sculptures.
Mario Agius was born at Xaghra, Gozo in 1956, and has manifested a fond inclination to sculpture and design from his early years. He began his artistic studies under the late Mgr. Michelangelo Apap and furthered his studies in wood sculpture under the famous Maltese artist, the late Anton Agius. The artist has a number of sculptures in private collections both locally and abroad including in London, Switzerland, Germany and Australia.
His finest wood sculptures adorn many churches all around the Maltese Islands. In 1989 he furthered his studies in Cheltenham, England at the White Knight Gallery under the tuition of the international artist Ian Norbury.
Mario has been actively taking part in various collective exhibitions both locally and away from Malta including those organized by the Members of the British Woodcarvers Association. In 2009, he exhibited in Germany after being invited by the Marzi Art International Galerie of Hamburg. Besides, Mario won a silver medal while participating in the tenth International Salon Ganfa’ exhibition in Nantes, France, with the sculpture entitled ‘Ballerina’.
More recently his monumental wooden sculpture ‘Komunita’ was installed as one of the chosen public art sculptures under the eco-Gozo scheme within the Ministry for Gozo at the Mgarr passenger terminal.
The Exhibition is being held at the Centre of National Culture, Marquis Mallia Tabone Farmhouse, Honey Valley Road, Mosta, and starts tomorrow the 1st of May until Saturday the 17th of May 2014.
The opening hours are: Monday to Saturday from 5.30pm to 8.00pm and Sundays from 10.00am to noon as well as from 5.30pm to 8.00pm