Biography in Pictures

Mark Sagona in his father's studio, January 1979

Mark Sagona working on opera scenery, 1995

The Artist discussing his exhibits with Chev. Vincent Apap OBE and Professor Mario Buhagiar at the inauguration of Five, a collective exhibition by five University students at the Foyer, Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta. February 1998.

The Artist together with Professor Mario Buhagiar (Head of the Art Unit, University of Malta) in the courtyard of Palazzo Sforzesco, Milan during a study tour. April 1998.

The Artist in his studio working on one of the works for his first personal exhibition. September 2000.

The Artist with one of his abstract paintings. September 2003.

Mark Sagona presenting European Parliament President Pat Cox

Mark Sagona with one of his large abstracts, Summer 2005

Biography

Born in Gozo, Malta in 1976, Mark Sagona is one of the leading Maltese artists of the rising generation. In the past few years, his art, which is based on a strong use of colour, form and light, has developed from the representational to the abstract, although he remains keen in vesting established themes and genres with a contemporary expression, including landscape, portraiture and the sacred. He is currently deeply involved in an ongoing experimentation with abstraction and the notion of light. His strong commitment to art has received the attention of art critics, academics and art connoisseurs.

Mark Sagona studied art from an early age under his father Joseph (b.1942), an established painter, sculptor and decorator, and subsequently at the Malta Government School of Art, Valletta, at Tarġa Gap, Mosta, under Anton Calleja (b.1955) and at the University of Malta. Since 1992, he has been exhibiting his works extensively in the Maltese Islands. His personal shows include: Analytical Forms, (November-December 2000, Ministry for Gozo), Recent Insights (January-February 2004, Banca Giuratale, Victoria, Gozo), and Manifesting the Soul (October-November 2004, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta). These have become synonymous with the publication of a high quality full-colour catalogue with studies by leading art critics and scholars, including Prof. Mario Buhagiar, Dr Joseph Paul Cassar and Mr Dennis Vella M.A.

Sagona has also produced works for theatre and opera (e.g. Puccini’s Turandot, Astra Theatre 1995) and has designed logos and various official posters for cultural and educational initiatives (e.g. Careers Convention, Gozo 2001). His works have also featured on various publications, including Malta in Figures 2004 (National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta), and Il-Malti (LXXVI), (Akkademja tal-Malti, 2005). In the 2005 Malta International Art Biennale, he has received an Award for Painting.

Mark Sagona is also an academic, art historian and educator. He holds a First Class B.A.(Hons.) and M.A. with Distinction in Art History, and has conducted research, published papers and delivered lectures on various aspects of Art History. His studies have been published in Treasures of Malta, The Sunday Times of Malta, and The Gozo Observer, among others, besides various contributions to local TV and Radio programmes. His research has thrown new light on a significant number of hitherto unidentified works of art by various important Maltese artists. Since 2004, he is a visiting lecturer in the History of Art Programme, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, an occasional lecturer at the University of Malta Gozo Centre, apart from teaching Art and Design at the Ninu Cremona Lyceum Complex, Victoria. He has also sat on various examination boards.

Works by Mark Sagona are present in public and private collections in the Maltese Islands and in Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.


 

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